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By R. Krishnamoorthy
Though counselling is widely regarded as the ideal approach to eradicate corruption in effecting transfers, the seniority norm has come in the way of many deserving teachers. The norm requires that an applicant puts in not less than three years of service in a particular place. But distance is not taken into consideration. Hence, applications of teachers eligible for transfer on account of having put in three years of service and sought transfer to far-off places had to be set aside in favour of applicants with seniority, despite their proximity to their desired destination of transfer.
"One of the main objectives of introducing this system is to facilitate teachers working in far-off areas get closer to their families. But, as things stand, Chief Educational Officers can only go by seniority, if another applicant with relatively more years of service seeks a transfer to the same post in a school, even if it is located in the neighbouring district. This defies the very purpose behind counselling," said Mari Naidu, retired auditor in the Education department.
This apart, academics fear that unclaimed vacancies (vacancies which are not filled for long), particularly in schools located in remote areas, will remain unfilled forever, if the current system of transfer continues, because eligible teachers with many years of service, usually do not prefer to work on the outskirts.
According to teachers, in the event of relaxation of the three-year norm, reducing it to one year, those with less seniority but working in far-flung areas will come forward to work in such remote schools in their native districts, as relative proximity becomes the main factor.
Allowing vacancies to accumulate in remote schools blocks their chances of obtaining transfer as whenever mass appointments are made by the Government through the Teachers' Recruitment Board, fresh candidates are posted in such schools, denying the experienced teachers a fair deal.
76 teachers transferred
A total of 76 teachers, 36 within Madurai district and the rest to other districts, were transferred through counselling held here on June 7 and today.
Transfer orders were handed over to 3 postgraduate teachers, 3, BT teachers, 13 Tamil pandits, 12 secondary grade teachers, 2 special teachers and 3 physical education teachers. There were a total number of 110 applicants.
Likewise, in the counselling held today for 90 teachers seeking transfer to other districts, orders were issued to 7 postgraduate teachers, 1 physical director, 13 BT teachers, 10 Tamil pundits, 5 secondary grade teachers, 2 physical education teachers, 1 tailoring teacher and 1 music teacher, according to official sources.
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