Education department fails to streamline master vacancies, reshuffle delayed

Will complete the process by first week of January: DSEK

SYED RIZWAN GEELANI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 13 2018 1:40AM | Updated Date: Dec 13 2018 1:40AM
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The school education department has not been able to streamline the strength and posting of master grade teachers in districts across Kashmir, causing a delay in calling them back to their home districts. 

An official said the department had earlier decided to reshuffle the school masters who overstayed outside home districts, but the process was shelved as the department failed to determine available vacancies.

“The process was started some months ago but the department faced hiccups to streamline it given the irrational adjustment of teaching staff in districts,” an official said.

As part of policy, the teachers are sent outside home districts for at least two years after they get promoted from teacher to master grade. 

“After two to three years stay in outside home districts, masters are called back to home districts which however didn’t happen from past many years in many districts,” the official said.

On February 24, the directorate of school education (DSEK) issued a transfer order for 53 in-charge masters from Kupwara to Baramulla district and vice versa. 

However, the directorate put it in abeyance on the same day due to non-availability of master posts in Baramulla district, an official said.

The masters complained of inconvenience caused to them by the department due to its failure to streamline the cadre strength in districts.

“We were transferred from Baramulla to Kupwara as in-charge masters in 2013 and as per rules we were supposed to be shifted back to home district after two years,” said a master wishing anonymity. 

“Most of us got confirmed as master grade but are yet to be shifted back to home district.” 

The masters include females who shuttle long distances daily between home and school.

“Some of us were posted as head teachers in Upper Primary Schools Schools (UPS) after our promotion as masters, but our release of salary was delayed as department releases salary of head teachers under erstwhile SSA scheme,” said a school master.

Kupwara district has around 333 posts of masters vacant, while as Baramulla has 32 in government schools situated in far off areas of the districts.

“The unequal vacancy of posts delayed the reshuffle as department was not able to adjust the masters in their home districts,” the official said.

Director school education, G N Itoo said the department was working on the issue and reshuffle of masters to home districts will be done at priority.

“The process will be completed by first week of January as we have finalised the proposal. We don’t have equal vacancy of masters in districts for which we convened meetings with CEOs to work out the issue,” he said.

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