AAP government issued show cause notice to education department over sudden transfer of 5,000 teachers

New Delhi: Delhi Education Minister Atishi on Wednesday issued a show-cause notice to the Education Secretary and the Education Department after the sudden transfer orders of around 5,000 government school teachers were issued.

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The Delhi Education Department issued the orders on Tuesday midnight despite Atishi’s instructions to put a stay on the transfers. Indian Express informed of,

The AAP government has sought an explanation for “disobeying” the minister’s order, citing Article 239 AA which “gives power to the Delhi government on matters in the Concurrent List.”

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The education department had issued a circular on June 11 asking all teachers who have completed 10 years in a particular school to apply for transfer.

“All teachers who have completed 10 continuous years in the same school It is mandatory to apply online for transfer The circular states that the selection process will be carried forward “on the basis of mutual consent or general selection for the maximum number of schools”, adding that those who do not comply will be transferred “to any school” by the headquarters itself.

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The Government School Teachers Association had urged the department to cancel the guidelines regarding transfer of teachers after a certain time period. Some members of the association met Atishi on Monday and submitted a memorandum, after which the minister directed the Education Secretary to withdraw the order.

Association general secretary Ajay Veer Yadav has written a letter to the Directorate of Education and the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi requesting the formation of a grievance redressal committee for all transferred teachers. Indian Express Report Said,

A delegation of government school teachers, including Yadav, is scheduled to meet the Director of Education on Thursday. Yadav said factors such as medical condition, disability, retirement and distance from residence should be taken into consideration.

Praveen Sharma, who has been teaching at a government school in Sultanpuri for the past 14 years, told the newspaper, “This decision will affect the student-teacher relationship to some extent. Besides, it will also affect teachers who are ill or disabled.”

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‘This will affect the long-term student-teacher relationship’,

Shailendra Sharma, former principal adviser to the director of education, had criticised the department’s June 11 directive, saying it was against the central government’s National Education Policy (NEP) and would affect the long-standing student-teacher relationship.

“This type of random transfer may be necessary in the case of government clerks, but it is completely unnecessary in the teaching profession,” Sharma wrote. In a post on X.,

“NEP 2020 states that the harmful practice of excessive transfers will be prohibited to ensure that relationships are built between teachers and the community and community engagement is maintained so that students can get role models and an educational environment,” he said. Said,

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