The Hush Post: Laying down the ‘Transfer Policy 2018’, the Punjab cabinet has given consent to the new policy under which teachers in Punjab will be transferred every seven years.
No teacher can ask for a transfer in the first three years of posting, according to the new transfer policy which is likely to be enforced from this academic session. Slight concessions have been made for unmarried women teachers who will be given a one-time option at the time of their marriage to opt for a particular posting, irrespective of their length of service. This benefit is also likely to be extended to women teachers legally separated from spouses.
Besides, the teachers attaining the age of 56 years as on March 31 of a year may not be posted out. The Education Department might seek an undertaking from teachers close to retirement that they will not seek extension beyond 58 years of age.
General transfers will be made once a year. A notification on probable vacancies will be available on the department website by January 15 every year. Transfer orders will be issued in the last week of March and teachers will have to join their new posting by the first week of April.
Schools in the state will be divided into five zones, depending on the distance from the district headquarters and other parameters. The teachers will be evaluated as per their posting and special consideration will be given to those serving in backward areas.
The policy had been drafted under the keen surveillance of the Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh after exhaustive deliberations with concerned quarters like, school heads, teacher unions and teachers.