Kollam: The vocational higher secondary teachers in the state have alleged attempts by vested interests to sabotage the general transfer order issued by the department. The teachers who are included in the draft list to be appointed in their home station have been denied that opportunity because the caucus teachers cite trivial reasons, including incomplete syllabus and bogus health issues, to stick on. Even teachers with serious health issues eligible for transfer under compassionate grounds have been denied transfer to their home stations.
There are teachers who have been working at distant stations for the last ten years after the PSC started recruitment to vocational higher secondary in 2007. "The teachers who conspire against general transfer to stick on according to their convenience even procure court orders by misleading the courts. They also are close aides of teachers associations lenient to the ruling parties," a teacher requesting anonymity told DC.
The teachers who have seniority in their respective schools are entitled as principal-in-charge and are mostly not willing to accept transfer as they will have to move to other schools as a normal teacher in the transfer list when the seniority is matched. It is learnt that 31 such principals had approached the court seeking stay orders to sustain them there, which has been vacated by the department to include them in the current draft of the general transfer.
There are as many as 265 government vocational higher secondary schools in the state. The transfer process is entirely through SPARK, the online system, which is also not accepted by the caucus operating to sabotage general transfer, they allege.
"The second draft of this year's general transfer was issued on Friday and the proceedings were expected to be published this week. However, they have conspired against the draft and the wish of the department by alleging errors and also threatening to procure stay from the court," the teacher added. Some teachers have obtained favourable orders from the administrative tribunal.
There are some with cancer patients as dependents waiting for the transfer to their home stations. They fear yet another sabotage of the general transfer order making them wait indefinitely....