Withdraw order on transfer of teachers, Atishi instructs Delhi Education Secretary

There is a unique relationship between a teacher and their student which is built on years of trust; in such a situation, such transfer orders are harmful to the education system," she stated
Delhi Education Minister Atishi
Delhi Education Minister Atishi(Pic: Source)

Delhi Education Minister Atishi has instructed the education secretary to immediately withdraw the recent mandatory transfer orders for teachers who have served in the same school for over 10 years, a statement said on Monday, July 1.

According to the official statement, the directive follows the issuance of compulsory transfer orders by the Directorate of Education (DoE) without the minister's approval, prompting backlash from the teaching community.

Expressing anger and frustration over the DoE's decision, a delegation of teachers met Atishi on Monday, July 1, to submit a memorandum of their grievances.

Responding to this, Atishi emphasised the "detrimental impact" such transfers could have on the unique teacher-student relationships that are built on years of trust.

Further, the statement said, the minister underscored the importance of maintaining stable educational environments, noting that administrative decisions should not undermine the morale of the teachers.

"There is a unique relationship between a teacher and their student which is built on years of trust; in such a situation, such transfer orders are harmful to the education system," she stated, PTI reported.

Reiterating the government's commitment to strengthening the education system, Atishi asserted that the teachers are the cornerstone of any school system. "We have worked tirelessly to strengthen the education system of Delhi. Teachers are the most important part of any school system, and the Delhi government's effort is to constantly work to increase the capacity and confidence of teachers and not do anything that hurts their dignity," she added.

In her directive to the education secretary, Atishi stressed that no teacher should be transferred solely based on their length of service in a particular school. She also mandated that no future decisions affecting the morale or working conditions of teachers in Delhi Government schools should be made without her explicit permission. Additionally, she demanded a report on the action taken to be submitted within the next seven days, it added.

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