Teachers' transfers leave children in lurch

Teachers' transfers leave children in lurch

Chamarajanagar district has 242 vacancies in primary schools

So, very few are willing to serve in villages. This has resulted in shortage of teachers in the district’s rural areas and is a cause of grave concern for primary education of children in areas bordering forests.

The Right to Education Act for children has been implemented. According to this Act it is the duty of the government and the education department to provide education to every child. Parents and guardians are also coming forward to educate their children. However, teachers are not willing to go to rural areas. After the completion of the stipulated service period, teachers are getting transferred to urban areas nearby. As a result of the teachers’ attitude children are made to suffer.

There are a few teachers who are rendering service in villages selflessly. But other do not have the same mindset. Added to this, none of them are prepared to move to the areas bordering forests.

As a result 242 teachers’ posts are vacant in the district.
In Hanur and Gundlupet education zone, there is a shortage of primary school teachers.

There are five education zones in the district. Gundlupet-101, Hanur-84, Chamarajanagar-47, Yalandur-5 and Kollegal zone five primary school teachers’ posts are vacant. High schools too haven’t been left behind. They face a shortage of 28 teachers.
Parents opine that transfer policy of the state government is resulting in a complete mess. They say the problem can be solved if the policy of mutual transfer is given to teachers during counselling.

Couple trouble

Officials at the education department said the shortfall of teachers increases when both husband and wife couple, who are teachers seek transfers. A teacher couple can take a transfer once they have worked in a place for three years.

However, it is the education department’s responsibility to the couple posting within 40 km of each other. In the district such transfers have been on the rise during the last three to four years. As there is no rule, stating that replacements should be provided, rural areas are facing the brunt. Until new recruitments take place, the teachers posts would be lying vacant.

Public education department deputy director Bellashetty told Deccan Herald that for primary schools, one teacher should be allotted for every 40 children.

As of now, there is no school without a primary teacher. But, the stipulated student-teacher ratio is not encouraging, he adds.

He said plans were afoot to depute teachers to school facing shortage. However, if new
recruitments were undertaken then the problem would be solved in the district, he mentioned.

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