Delhi Government Halts 5,000 Teacher Transfers Amidst Political Controversy

The Congress criticized the ruling party and the BJP over the matter, while the AAP said that the transfer orders were the result of a “conspiracy” by the BJP.

The Delhi government, following Lt Governor V K Saxena’s directions, ordered on Monday to halt the transfer of 5,000 teachers who had been employed by the same school for more than ten years.

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After meeting with the L-G in his office on Sunday, Saxena directed Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar to temporarily halt the transfer orders. The meeting was attended by a team of Delhi BJP leaders and teachers’ representatives. The Congress criticized both the ruling parties, while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said that the transfer orders were a “conspiracy” of the BJP.

“In the last ten years, our dispensation in Delhi has transformed government schools,” stated Delhi Education Minister Atishi during a news conference held here. Students’ performance here has reached new heights. A plot to transfer teachers was developed to sabotage the education revolution because the BJP was unable to accept this development.” She also expressed her gratitude to the Delhi community for the transfer orders’ suspension. “Delhiites and teachers have triumphed today. Following this transfer order, parents, teachers, and kids were concerned. I had assured parents, teachers, and children that Delhi’s educational revolution would not be wasted.

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“I am happy that today the BJP had to withdraw this order through its L-G,” she stated. The education department stated in an official order that it had received multiple representations on the recent transfer orders that the Directorate of Education (DoE) had issued regarding instructors who had stayed with the same school for more than ten years.

“After going through the representations and listening to the delegations, the competent authority has decided to constitute an appropriate committee, comprising representatives of all stakeholders and experts, to take a holistic, sympathetic and fair view in the matter,” said the statement. “Therefore, till further orders, the transfer orders of teachers issued on 02.07.2024 are kept in abeyance.”

Like Atishi, AAP MLA Dilip Pandey called for action against the personnel responsible for the transfer orders. “Officers made mistakes at some point in this case. They issued the orders in defiance of Education Minister Atishi’s instructions. He remarked, “I would like Atishi to identify these policemen so that appropriate action can be taken against them. All teachers who have worked for more than ten years in one school are required to ask for a transfer, according to a June 11 DoE circular titled “Online requests for transfer of teaching staff of the Directorate of Education.” If they don’t meet this requirement, the DoE will transfer them to any school, said the circular.

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Following claims of corruption in the transfer procedure, a few days prior, Atishi had directed the chief secretary to immediately halt the required transfer of instructors who have been employed by the same school for more than ten years. The Delhi government’s educational approach was criticized by the Government Schools Teachers Association (GSTA) in the meantime. Ajay Veer Yadav, General Secretary of the GSTA, stated during a press conference that teachers are appointed solely for teaching and that if pupils do not perform well, the teachers will be held responsible.

“The transfer drama was enacted to divert people’s attention from the core issues affecting them such as water shortage, waterlogging, poor sanitation and widespread corruption due to the inaction and inefficiency of the Delhi government,” claimed the politician.

The L-G intervened to block the teacher transfers since they were scheduled at an inconvenient time, right after schools had resumed following the summer holiday, according to Yadav, who claimed that the AAP and the BJP had turned a regular process like this into a political slugfest. “The minister’s administrative incapacity is only revealed if the bureaucrats disregard his or her instructions. Rather than taking concrete action to address the issues impacting the public, Atishi has been raising a public fuss about every issue.

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Conclusion

The halt of the transfer orders for 5,000 teachers in Delhi has sparked a significant political debate. The AAP views this as a victory, citing it as a step towards preserving the educational advancements made in the past decade. Education Minister Atishi has expressed her gratitude to the community for their support in suspending the transfer orders.

Meanwhile, the BJP and Congress have criticized each other, turning this administrative decision into a broader political issue. A committee has been formed to review the situation and ensure a fair resolution. This incident highlights the complex interplay between education policy and political dynamics in Delhi.

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