The Gujarat government has made certain changes in the rules of transfer and promotion of teachers. The decision was taken following a meeting of officers of the education department with Chief Minister Bhupendra Patel and the state teachers’ union.
This decision is likely to benefit about two lakh teachers. Education Minister Jitu Vaghani said, “This important decision has been taken by consensus and is in the interest of education, students as well as administration. The decision has addressed the long-standing issues of teachers and will directly affect two lakh teachers.”
The minister said that the transfer of a teacher from one educational institution to another will not be effective if the educational institution from where they are being moved has less than 10 per cent strength.
Rules for the transfer of primary teachers were made in 2012. Until now, only 40 per cent of vacancies in the district were being filled by teachers, but now, hundred per cent vacancies in the district will be filled by teachers.
Bonded teachers appointed on the condition of ten years employment in one place will now be able to apply for transfer after five years.
If the spouses of government employees who are eligible for transfer from one district to another have a headteacher in a government school, they can be placed on deputation in the district where the government employee is transferred. Teachers who have moved to another school due to vacancy issues will be able to apply for a replacement if they wish to have a vacancy in the school they originally transferred from.
Not just this, the benefit of transfer of government employees from one district to another in the case of spouses will also be given in the case of public enterprises of grant-aided (Government) Gujarat Government and public enterprises of Central Government and its companies.
A committee has been constituted for redressal of grievances in case of transfer. The teachers will be able to represent their problems to the committee. This will save their time and unnecessary expenditure and benefit the education department.