Punjab Education Department Transfer Policy – if you have political connections?
Rawalpindi (Wednesday, June 22, 2011) – Punjab Education Department has imposed a ban on transfer of teachers, but some teachers, having backing of MNAs and MPAs, manage to get postings of their choice. On the other hand, those who don’t have any political backing are waiting for the announcement of the Transfer Policy 2011.
According to sources, a special cell has been established at the Punjab Chief Minister’s Secretariat in Lahore for transfer of teachers working in government schools. Teachers who have political backing are using this door for their transfers with the reference of MNAs and MPAs. The Punjab Education Department was going to announce the transfer policy based on merit but because of some reasons it could not be announced, they added.
Sources said that teachers have been waiting for the announcement of transfer policy and bound to teach in schools far away from their hometowns. But the concerned authority has not announced any policy for them.
Muhammad Mushtaq, a schoolteacher, said: “I am teaching in a school which is far away from my home. It not only takes time to reach the school but I also hardly meet transport charges, which is an extra burden on me.” He said that he had applied for his transfer, but waiting for it for the last one year. “I don’t have any political backing. For this reason, my application is still under process. On the other hand, those who use references of political leaders get themselves transferred to the schools of their choice. The Punjab Education Department should announce the transfer policy based on merit otherwise teachers like me will keep on suffering,” he said.
Talking to ‘The News,’ Punjab Teachers Union (Rawalpindi) President Saghir Alam said that a special cell has been established at the Punjab Chief Minister’s Secretariat in Lahore for the transfer of teachers. He said that a large number of teachers have got themselves transferred on the recommendations of MNAs and MPAs. “These teachers got their transfer orders on a single phone call of the education secretary,” he alleged.
Saghir Alam said that thousands of teachers, who don’t have any political backing, are still waiting for the Transfer Policy 2011. The Punjab Education Department should treat all teachers equally otherwise this discrimination will create a big problem,” he warned.
When ‘The News’ contacted EDO Education Qazi Zahoor, he said that the Punjab Education Department has banned transfer of teachers working in government schools. But a few teachers have been transferred on the recommendations of MNAs and MPAs. “We issue transfer orders on the orders of the education secretary,” he added.