'Policy on teachers' transfer will be amended at next session'

The State government will bring an amendment to the present transfer policy of schoolteachers at the next Assembly session in order to give relief to teacher couples posted at different places, Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Kimmane Ratnakar said here on Friday. 

Of the 46,000 teachers seeking transfer after being denied the same for at least 10-15 years, there are 16,000 teacher couples or spouses who have sought transfer close to the working place of their husband or wife within the State. “While we were trying to provide the teachers with transfer in this academic year itself, the law department pointed out that if 46,000 teachers are transferred in a single phase, we may exceed the transfer limit of one per cent,” said Ratnakar. 

Besides, he said, the transfer of 16,000 teacher couples in one go might lead to the immediate closure of 3,000-5,000 schools in the State. For there are very few takers for teaching jobs in districts such as Gulbarga, Raichur, Bidar, Bellary and Yadgir. 

Ratnakar said the chief minister had agreed that 5,000 teachers should be hired every academic year, in order to address the perennial shortfall. “We will continue to hire about 11,000 guest lecturers this year. Once more and more regular teachers are hired, we will accordingly recruit fewer guest lecturers,” he said. 

On the delay in arrival of pre-university textbooks, Ratnakar said he had ordered an inquiry into the matter. DPI officials should have resolved the issue about the tendering process for books in August itself. “But it appears they have failed to resolve the matter. Hence, I have ordered an enquiry into the entire matter and asked them to submit a report in a month,” he said. 

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