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Edu Minister punishes female teachers, transfers them to inaccessible areas
6/7/2015 12:20:24 AM
Peerzada Ummer
Early Times Report
Srinagar, June 6: Syed Naeem Akhtar Andrabi, the Education Minister, has ordered transfers of female teachers in Kashmir Valley away from their residences, an unusual decision that is likely to spark controversy.
Reports said Andrabi has issued hundreds of transfer orders of the teachers, most of them married, in the past few days. Teachers who were ought to discharge their duties in schools are seen nowadays waiting in queues in the Civil Secretariat to get their orders revoked. "The transfers were done in the name of 'rationalization' but they will add to the rampant corruption in the state, as now we will have to bribe the babus to get the orders revoked," a senior teacher told Early Times.
Female teachers in various districts have been transferred to the places which are at least 40 to 70 km away from their residences. "We cannot go for the rented accommodations as we are married and our husbands are posted in our native districts. We are very much perturbed. It seems an attempt by the minister to compel the female teachers to leave jobs," said another teacher.
The sudden mass transfers of female teachers in various areas of Kashmir valley go contrary to the government claims of posting teachers near to their residences. "Isn't it a common sense that a person and particularly a female who has children at her home cannot perform well after travelling several kilometers by bus," asked a group of teachers who were transferred to far off places by CEO Ganderbal.
They said that no one is listening to their pleas and they have been categorically asked to join schools in the far off places or resign. "We hadn't even completed the mandatory two years at our current places and now we are transferred," they added. The mass transfers have invited severe criticism even from some PDP leaders who say that Andrabi managed to secure his ministerial berth even without contesting polls. "The reality is that he has no fear of losing election. He has never contested one, but his acts are inviting troubles for the party. We are for the people and by the people," one of the PDP leader said while pleading anonymity.
Meanwhile, the Teachers' Forum, Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) and other civil society groups have castigated such measures of Andrabi. Abdul Qayoom Wani, EJAC president, said the transfers ordered by Andrabi are illogical as they have been done without following proper transfer policy.
"Naeem Akhtar is trying to destroy education system in the state by ordering meaningless transfers. Such measures need to be stopped," Wani said.
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