Protesting against alleged unethical transfer of six primary school teachers in the district, the Communist Party of India Marxist backed primary teacher’s organization; ABTA on Wednesday staged a demonstration at the District Inspector of schools’ (primary) chamber in Balurghat.
More than 100 teachers confined the District Inspector of Schools in his chamber demanding cancelation of the order. The District Inspector of schools, Mrinal Singha had issued an order to transfer six teachers of the district to their native places.
The matter gave rise to a controversy among the teaching class of the district and members of the ABTA backed teachers’ organization started a movement throughout the district to stop the transfer order, sources said. There are 1184 primary schools in the 17 circles in South Dinajpur where total number of teachers is 4599.
According to the rules floated by the state government, the ratio of teacher and students should be 1:30. However, in reality there are a number of schools in the district where the number of teachers is much more than required and on the contrary there are also schools where there are more students than that of the teachers.
However the district school board has the option to transfer teachers from one school to another to ensure better education facilities in schools, it is learnt. “Since the past few years the general transfer and draft transfer has come to a halt in the district. A lot of senior teachers are waiting for transfer to their native places.
We have noticed that six teachers recently received transfer orders in the last week of January. We are protesting against this unethical behavior of the board. We also demand to issue transfer orders to us as per seniority basis,” said the district secretary of ABTA, Sankar Ghosh. The District Inspector of Schools, Mrinal Singha has assured teachers to look into the matter and solve it at the earliest.