Balurghat, Feb. 14: The South Dinajpur district inspector of schools has said a show-cause notice will be served on the management committee of a high school in Gangarampur for not giving no-objection certificates to eight teachers who applied for “general transfer”.
A source in the school education department in Calcutta said the teachers who wanted the general transfer need to secure NOC from the management of their respective schools.
“In case of general transfer, a teacher has to apply to the West Bengal School Service Commission through the headmaster/headmistress. The transfer is given only if there is a suitable vacancy in a school in the applicant’s area of preference,” said a source in the school education department.
Earlier, there was only mutual transfer, in which two holding the same post and seniority in the same subject could swap their schools. As it was not easy for teachers to find a willing candidate for mutual transfer, the Assembly passed the West Bengal School Service Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2013, empowering the panel to consider the general transfers.
Sources said eight out of 32 teachers at the government-aided Bisrail High School in Gangarampur had applied for NOCs from the management for general transfer.
Dipankar Roy, the DI of schools, said the denial of the NOCs was a clear violation of the Act passed by the Assembly. “The teachers who wanted general transfer complained that the management didn’t give them NOCs. The management committee will be issued a showcause notice for denying the NOCs. I will forward the applications of the teachers with necessary notes to the school service commission. I will recommend steps against the management to the state school education department. If needed, the management committee will be dissolved,” said the DI.
A teacher, who had sought the general transfer, said: “We had applied to the school authorities for general transfer. But they didn’t give us the mandatory NOC for the transfer without citing any reason. We then approached the district administration and the DI of schools for their intervention. The DI of schools assured us that our applications would be sent to the school service commission on time with his notes so that our pleas were not rejected.”
According to rules, a member of teaching or non-teaching staff must complete five years of service as a permanent employee to apply for general transfer. The NOCs are given by the school head after taking the consent of the management committee.
Prasanta Kumar Das, headmaster of the school, said the management committee had at its meeting on February 3 decided not to provide the NOCs to the eight teachers. “The decision was taken as the committee felt the transfer of so many teachers would affect the education. Presently, the school has 12 vacancies of teaching posts. Besides, most of the teachers who applied for the transfer are from the science stream. If they leave, we will face problems in completing the syllabus,” said Das.
The sources said NOCs were given by the school headmaster or headmistress after taking the consent of the managing committee. A school can allow the general transfer of a maximum 25 per cent of the total teachers. “The NOCs cannot be refused, if the number of applicants are less than 25 per cent of the total staff,” said the source.
The Bisrail High School has a total of 33 teachers, including headmaster. The school has classes from V to XII.
The secretary of the management committee, Majiruddin Mandal, said: “The NOCs were not issued as the school doesn’t have enough teachers. Most of the eight teachers are for the higher secondary level and their departure will affect the education. We can maximum allow two-three teachers to leave.”