Redistributive policy

kvs: putting its own policy on hold, KVS transfers 1,500 teachers mid-session

Struggling with over 12,000 teaching vacancies, the Kendriya Vidyalayas may now have another problem at hand. The Centre’s latest attempt to ‘redistribute and rationalize’ teaching posts amid the large backlog of vacancies has referred the issue to courts and tribunals which have suspended sudden transfer orders.

In the space of a week this month, the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) suspended the 2022-23 annual transfer process, suspended a crucial clause of its 2021 transfer policy and ordered more than 1,500 “ administrative transfers” of teachers with the aim of “redistribution and rationalization”.

Transfers of teachers take place in the middle of the semester, at the time of the semester and pre-internship exams, and involve major geographical movements for the teachers.

The KVS called the transfer decision a “routine administrative process” for the smooth running of all KV schools. “These transfers are part of a routine administrative process undertaken to ensure that every child receives appropriate instruction for post-pandemic learning recovery and the smooth operation of KVS schools across the country,” KVS said. in response to ET’s questions.

At the center of the matter, it appears that more than 12,000 vacancies in KVs across the country appear to have prompted the KVS to fight the fires mid-term. From 5,562 teaching vacancies in 2019, the figure rose to 8,055 in 2020, 10,452 in 2021 and hit 12,044 in June 2022, according to figures recently shared by the Lok Sabha Ministry of Education. The highest vacancies were in Tamil Nadu with 1,162, followed by 1,066 in Madhya Pradesh, 1,006 in Karnataka and over 700 each in West Bengal, Odisha and Maharashtra. The transfers are mainly for teachers stationed in North India who are transferred to the above areas.

They also came after KVS suspended paragraph 6 of the 2021 transfer policy on September 12. Paragraph 6 had prescribed a detailed “travel tally” of an employee – factors to consider for a transfer involving travel. Factors such as single parent, widowed status, number of years to retirement, spouse’s posting, age and disability had to be considered before a displacement transfer. The fact that the bulk of the transfers are female teachers, many of whom are close to retirement and many of whom are widows or single parents, has also caused considerable unrest within the KV teaching community.

Affected KV teachers across the country challenged the transfer orders as violating Paragraph 6 and several DOPT rules. In several cases, different chambers of the Central Administrative Court (CAT) agreed on the need for “protection” for the teacher concerned and suspended the transfers until the next hearing.

Meanwhile, the All India KV Teachers Association has decided to go to court against KVS over the Administrative Transfer Orders issued on September 12, 13 and 16, 2022.

“It’s good to transfer. We do not object to transfers as such, but these were carried out in a disorderly manner, arbitrarily and without following the usual practice of seeking candidates with preferential choice of stations, etc. As the bulk of the transfers are women and long distances – teachers from Patiala being transferred to Bhadrak in Odisha or Thakkolam in Tamil Nadu, this came as a shock to the families involved as they were totally unprepared for it. directions,” AIKVTA General Secretary MB Agarwal told ET.

Apart from the “vital academic interests” involved since the semester and pre-internship exams approach, the mid-term transfers also reflect poor planning and management of KVS vacancies, Agarwal said.

“Every month, the Vidyalayas send updated vacancies. Therefore, the KVS headquarters is very well aware of the vacant position. Therefore, transfers in the middle of the academic year have occurred in KVS due to “A lack of proper planning on the part of the administration. That even widows and elderly female teachers are transferred in the name of administrative transfers without giving the opportunity to apply according to the annual transfer policy, is truly shameful,” said the AIKVTA in representation to the KVS and the Ministry of Education.