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Arjun reverses KV teachers’ transfer policy
Anita Katyal
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 30
The previous government’s transfer policy for Kendriya Vidyalaya teachers was scrapped by the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry today.

It was replaced by a new policy which promises a more humane approach and a greater understanding of the problems of teachers, especially women. Teachers will not be removed from their schools unless absolutely necessary, the Ministry said.

Today’s move is the latest in the series of decisions taken by the new HRD Minister Arjun Singh, reversing the policies put in place by his controversial predecessor, Murli Manohar Joshi. Mr Arjun Singh has already reversed the previous regime’s decision to slash the fees in IIMs and scrapped the controversial history books introduced by the Joshi-led HRD Ministry.

Announcing the new transfer policy framework for Kendriya Vidyalaya teachers, the Ministry said it would be based on four principles.

* No transfers will be made outside the zone or region other than on administrative grounds or on requests from the teachers.

* The transfers should mostly be done against vacancies on the basis of requests.

* As far as possible, KVS employees, whose spouses are in Central government, state government or PSUs, will not be transferred unless the spouse is also being transferred.

* Women transferred in the past to places over 500 km away will be given a choice to return to any position within this distance in case of a vacancy.

Stating that efforts would be made by the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to ensure that unnecessary distress is not caused to anyone, the Ministry promised to right the wrongs committed by the earlier dispensation. This might take time but the process will begin this year itself, it was stated.

It was pointed out that under the provisions of the last government’s policy, about 7,000 teachers were transferred last year. If this policy had been continued, it would have meant the transfer of another 5,000 teachers this year.

“These transfers done cynically on the basis of non-educational reasons resulted in teachers from deep South getting posted in the North-East and those from the North-East getting posted in the West,” the Ministry’s official release pointed out. This had caused large-scale suffering and disrupted teaching in many schools, it added.

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