HYDERABAD: Almost three months after the department of school education had finalised the transfers of government school teachers, several irregularities in the process in some districts are coming to light. Though the government claimed to have conducted the transfers in a transparent manner without leaving any scope for manipulation, several teachers have managed to get postings in their favourite locations.
Such cases had already been identified in Warangal and Medak districts soon after the transfer process was over. The department has taken action against those officials who violated the rules in order to transfer some teachers close to their hometowns.
It may be recalled that a district education officer (DEO) also faced action for his involvement in illegal transfers. However, the earlier investigation was restricted only to Medak and Warangal districts but the recent enquiry done by the department found similar cases in Mahbubnagar district as well.
After a preliminary scrutiny of the transfer of around 400 teachers in Mahbubnagar district, officials have begun modifying the previous transfer orders. The transfers of 51 teachers have been found irregular. The department is preparing to serve second-phase notices on these teachers, said a senior official of the school education department.
Besides, several other teachers who have been transferred recently might be shifted to other schools where there are no regular teachers. Even after the transfers, more than 200 schools in the state remain without a single regular teacher. To fill the key posts in these schools, the government is planning to either transfer some teachers or give additional charge to teachers of other schools that are located in close proximity. The plan is to have at least one regular teacher at each school. The recently-appointed 7,800 Vidya Volunteers will fill up the vacant positions.