With the Punjab government set to implement rationalisation policy in state schools from Wednesday,teachers seem to be in a hurry to acquire recommendation letters from politicians in favour of their choice of posting.
According to sources,teachers have started approaching leaders for recommendation letters in favour of either stopping their transfer or getting them transferred to schools of their choice. The recommendation letters – procured from ministers,MLAs and district level leaders – are specifically issuing instructions to education department officials regarding such transfers,sources added.
According to the rationalisation process – under this,surplus faculty members are posted in schools where there is a shortage – details of teachers will be collected from all schools,following which,a list of surplus teachers,if any,will be prepared by District Education Officer (DEO). The DEOs will also suggest rationalisation as per requirement of schools and then,the lists will be submitted to the Director General School Education (DGSE) office for a final decision.
How can rationalisation of teachers be possible when teachers and the political masters themselves do not want the same to be done in a fair manner? asked an education department official.
Calls from the office of the education minister have also been received,a source at DGSE office added. It is not possible to entertain all the recommendations but there are a few we cannot ignore, said an official.
When contacted,an MLA of Doaba region,said: In a democracy,we cannot ignore the voters and have to issue recommendations letters in favour of some teachers despite it being a wrong practice.
DEO (Secondary) Jalandhar Neelam Kumari,however,said everything will be done by the book. We will get data pertaining to the number of teachers and the actual requirement from every school. Then the requirement will be matched according to the ratio of students in each school. We need to send the lists to the DGSE office by May 30. We will go by rules, she added.