CM Capt Amarinder Singh today digitally ordered mass transfers of schoolteachers in line with the Teachers Transfer Policy-2019.
With the touch of a button, the CM cleared the transfers of 10,099 teachers and volunteers to the station of their choice on merit basis. Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla was also present on the occasion. A total of 35,386 online applications were received from aspiring teachers and volunteers, of whom 15,481 were found ineligible as they fell short of the prescribed parameters of the policy. The remaining 19,905 were found eligible for transfer. For the first time, computer teachers and various categories of education volunteers were brought into the ambit of the Teachers Transfer Policy.The Chief Minister said the transfer policy had been instrumental in successfully achieving the goal of quality education through filling of vacant posts. “This has helped in ensuring uninterrupted academic session, besides giving enormous job satisfaction to teachers to work at the places of their choice,” he said, adding that the government would soon enact the Teachers Transfer Act in place of the existing system of notification issued by the School Education Department.
The CM lauded various projects of the department for upgrading infrastructure and improving the quality of education in schools. He said Teachers Transfer Policy-2019 was a major step in ensuring qualitative improvement in school education.
Under the online system, over 50 per cent transfer applications had been approved. As many as 10,099 teachers, including 4,405 masters, 3,748 primary teachers and 718 lecturers and an adequate number of computer teachers working under the Punjab ICT Education Society, had availed the benefit of the policy.
An official spokesperson said the teachers, aspiring for transfer, needed to apply on the department’s portal. Those suffering from cancer, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, sickle cell anaemia, thalassaemia or on dialysis, handicapped to the extent of 60 per cent, divorcees and having differently or mentally challenged children were exempted from submitting online transfer requests.
Exempted from submitting online pleas
- Those suffering from cancer, hepatitis B and C, sickle cell anaemia, thalassaemia or on dialysis, handicapped to the extent of 60%, divorcees and having differently or mentally challenged children, war widows, widows of martyrs etc
- The orders in such cases will be issued with the approval of the Chief Minister on merit