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Green light to teacher transfer

The West Bengal School Service Commission on Tuesday appealed for a government notification ordering non-refusal of no-objection certificates to teachers of state-aided schools seeking a general transfer.

A teacher or non-teaching employee is eligible to apply for general transfer after completion of five years of service as permanent staff.

The school head issues the NOC after taking the managing committee’s consent.

The commission wrote to the school education department to direct the heads of all state-aided schools not to deny NOCs to teachers seeking a general transfer.

The Assembly had passed the West Bengal School Service Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2013, empowering the commission to consider general transfers. Teachers seeking transfer will have to apply to the commission through the headmaster or headmistress.

Transfers are subject to vacancies in schools in the area of preference of the applicant.

An official said the commission had been flooded with complaints from teachers of Madhyamik and Higher Secondary schools, alleging that their schools were refusing them the mandatory NOC.

About 12,000 teachers had sought general transfers since the middle of 2013.

Teachers normally prefer a mutual transfer where teachers of the same post and seniority could swap schools. Unlike a general transfer, an NOC from the school management is not required for mutual swaps.

“Since general transfer has been introduced as a policy, we have requested the education department to ask the schools not to refuse NOC to teachers who are eligible for general transfers,” said Subiresh Bhattacharya, the chairman of the commission.

Most schools were refusing NOCs on the ground that departure of a subject teacher would affect the students, a source said.

“A headmaster had complained that there were two teachers in his school for teaching English in classes V to XII. He asked how can he ensure proper education if one of them takes transfer,” the source said.

The rule says a school should allow general transfer of a maximum 25 per cent of the total teachers.

Job forms

Bhattacharya said the commission has decided to distribute exam forms for recruiting teachers for classes IX to XII.

These forms would be available at a nationalised bank instead of post offices, which was the norm earlier.

The commission’s chairman said the test dates and the names of the bank branches for the forms would be announced soon.