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Education dept implements online transfer of teachers

The Gujarat Education Department successfully tested the software with 490 transfers ordered on July 4.

Written by RITU SHARMA | Ahmedabad | Published: July 8, 2014 1:31:13 pm

Implementing the online transfer module for teaching and non-teaching staff of government schools, the Gujarat Education Department successfully tested the software with 490 transfers ordered on July 4.

The pilot run in four districts of Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Sabarkantha and Porbandar covered lower and upper primary teachers. Out of these, maximum transfer orders as per the procedure under the transfer software were issued for Sabarkantha district.“The total number of applications received was 2,371 for these four districts. Out of these, 2,310 were approved and the remaining 61 were rejected by the software on the basis of transfer criteria laid down by the department.

A total of 225 transfers were issued for Sabarkantha, followed by Ahmedabad with 191 orders. Gandhinagar had the least with 28 and Porbandar with 46 transfers implemented by the software,” revealed a senior education department official. The software conducted 307 transfers in the lower primary classes while 183 in the upper primary sections. Among these were three subjects Mathematics (61), Language (59) and Social Studies (63).

As reported by The Indian Express on May 8, the online transfer module, aimed at bringing complete transparency in the transfer process and entirely removing the extensively prevalent malpractices involving the lowest and the highest district-level education officer, was to be soon implemented in the teaching and non-teaching government school staff.

Apart from bribe, references and other instances of malpractices reported by the education department, recently, a case of forged documents was also detected. Nearly seven teachers seeking transfers to their desired districts on medical grounds, produced forged medical certificates, all citing cardiac ailment.  Keeping all these in mind, the Education department has now formulated a criteria for transfers and an application only after fulfilling these would be accepted by the software. As per the criteria, only permanent teachers, and no vidyasahayaks who are under probation period, are eligible to seek transfers.  Also, 10 per cent cases under administrative reasons to be considered by the concerned official for including or removing the particular teacher from the list while 5 per cent cases to be considered on humanitarian grounds.

The list of applicants is then divided into four categories — tribal, coastal and border areas, metropolitan and small town — based on the areas where teachers are posted. Only the final list is to be uploaded on the website after considering all these factors. And once made public, the list would be locked for any changes.

The process under “transfer module”, developed by Bhaskaracharya Institute for Space Applications and Geoinformatics (BISAG), is being done in two phases. In the first phase, the list of teachers seeking transfers would be created which will be finally uploaded on the website after being approved by the nodal officer.

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