Teachers surrender to ‘writing on the wall’ for mutual transfers

MYSURU: The season of teachers’ will begin soon. The online application process is completed, and the physical verification process and the new school allotment process are also expected to start soon.
More than 63,00 teachers from across the state have applied for transfers this year. With stringent rules adopted by the department of public instruction () for regular transfers, has become the tried and tested method to get a transfer for teachers who are working away from their families. But even in this era of technology, one of the common practice adopted by them to one another — so mutual transfers are paired — remains traditional: they are pasting their requirements on the walls of the officer of Block Education Officers (BEOs). A visit to the BEOs’ offices in the city reveal that the age-old method is still alive.

Several teachers from the district, who are presently working in the Davanagere, Bengaluru (Rural) and Gadag, have pasted their request on the walls. Along with their preferred destination, they have mentioned their present school details, complete with details like the student strength, school infrastructure, vehicle facility, etc.

Speaking to TOI, Madhushri (name changed), a teacher seeking transfer from Bengaluru Rural to any of the schools in the district, said that she is left with no option but to paste her requirement on the office walls. “Generally, teachers visit BEO offices often. This way, it is easy to make our requirement known to those who are also sailing in the same boat. There is nothing illegal in this. Generally, it is not easy to get a school of our choice. This surely helps us get it,” she explained.

An officer from the DPI, who is part of the transfer process, explained that there is a huge demand for mutual transfers for cities like Mysuru. “But now, the schemes like school merger, transfer of additional teachers and the like have made teachers cautious. People are opting for mutual transfer only after visiting the schools. Many have reservations to join the city schools due to dwindling number of admissions to Class I, thanks to free seats under RTE quota,” he explained.

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