HYDERABAD: It’s been almost two months since the new academic year has started, but many of the government schools in Telangana are still in a holiday mood. Thanks to the long delay in rationalisation and transfer of school teachers, many government schools across the state are still waiting for their teachers to begin classes.
With the ongoing transfers of government teachers, many of them are making frequent visits to the Secretariat and the school education department seeking postings at their place of choice. Some schools didn’t even prepare their academic timetable, as more than half of their teachers have applied for transfers.
Out of the 1.20 lakh government teachers in Telangana, nearly 80,000 are under the school education department. Among them, around 70,000 teachers have applied for transfers this year. While majority of them have been busy with the counselling process for transfers, the schools have already lost 40 to 50 working days.
The school education department has strictly warned the teachers not to skip classes for visiting offices. Teachers were directed to attend their counselling process and take posting wherever they were assigned to. At one point, the school education department reportedly threatened to suspend teachers for skipping classes, but there was no change.
General secretary of the Telangana State United Teachers Federation (TSUTF) Chava Ravi said, “Every year transfers take place during summer vacation. Teachers will be posted before the classes begin. But this year, the government delayed the process.”
He further said as per the schedule, transfers were supposed to be completed by July 15. But the process was postponed multiple times and now July 20 was set as the new deadline.