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Thiruvananthapuram: Compulsory transfer for teachers of government schools every five years is under the consideration of the state education department. The move is aimed at making the current transfer system of government employees applicable for teachers as well. A draft policy has been prepared in this regard.
However, there is ambiguity over the implementation of the reforms as talks have not yet been held with teachers’ unions. All teachers of classes 1 to 10 will come under the new policy. In case of higher secondary teachers, transfers every five years are already in place and they are appointed on the basis of state eligibility list.
Whereas, in lower primary, upper primary and high school categories, the appointments are made from district level PSC lists. Hence, teachers are likely to be transferred to other schools within the same district of their appointment.
Apparently, teachers staying at the same place for a long time is affecting the proper functioning of schools. The new transfer reforms are expected to improve the services of talented teachers. As per reports, Education Minister V Sivankutty is also in line with the decision.
As per the general system, government employees are issued transfers every three years and they do not continue in one place for more than five years. In higher secondary schools, teachers can apply for transfers after completing three years of service.
Meanwhile, Kerala School Teachers Association (KSTA) general secretary NT Sivarajan demanded detailed talks before implementing the reforms. Although timely reforms are necessary, they must not be brought into effect without discussions, said OK Jayakrishnan, All Kerala School Teachers Union (AKSTU) general secretary.