Transfer orders came as a shocker to forty-two second grade Urdu teachers in Kota zone, who were assigned posts of Sanskrit teachers in an order issued on June 25. Even as the education department explained it as a teacher rationalization exercise, the affected lot is far from impressed with the move.
The orders came in Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s home ground in Jhalawar as well as in adjoining Baran and Bundi. “These are not my orders but have come from the state government and Kota zone is not the only place where such transfers have been made. Similar transfers are being done across the state,” DD Murarilal, Deputy Director of Secondary Education, Kota, told The Indian Express.
“I am given to understand that the transfers do not necessarily mean that the Urdu teachers will have to compulsorily teach Sanskrit but they can teach their other optional subjects too. It has been done so that those teachers who do not have any students in their school are at least accommodated in schools with vacant posts. Or else without students, these teachers might lose their salaries. In this way they are just being accommodated,” Murarilal maintained.
In the order that came last week, 11 second grade Urdu teachers from Bundi, 25 from Jhalawar and six from Baran were transferred to Sanskrit teacher posts in the same school or neighbouring government schools. Though the teachers have not come out in public to speak against the order apprehending action against them by the state government, they have approached officials voicing their concerns about the shocking change of subject.
The state education department had recently kicked up a storm by making surya namaskar compulsory in schools, a move that drew spirited protest from minority groups and activists.