PESHAWAR: Adviser to Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister on Education Ziaullah Bangash has imposed complete ban on all kinds of postings/transfers in the Elementary and Secondary Education Department.

According to a statement issued by the media cell of the KP Elementary and Secondary Education Department, fresh recruitments and subsequent adjustments, promotions and subsequent adjustments, and summaries already sent to the chief minister will be exempted from this ban.

Sources in the Education Department say the provincial government has also introduced a new transfer policy under which transfers and postings will only happen during vacations and at the end of the academic year. Ziaullah Bangash has already made it clear that all the transfers and postings will be made purely on merit basis. He said the new transfer/posting policy of the Education Department will be unveiled soon. He said now the transfers and postings will take place only at the end of academic year.

The CM’s adviser was of the view that the continuous transfers and postings of teachers affect the education of students at schools. He said the ban on transfers has been imposed over increasing complaints of parents of the students in this regard. He said Chief Minister Mehmood Khan has issued clear directions to the Education Department to do all transfers and postings purely on merit and no political influence will be tolerated in this regard.

The KP Elementary and Secondary Education Department is in the process of appointing 17,000 new teachers in various cadres in KP. The appointment orders of SST, CT, PET, DM, Qari/Qaria and TT teachers have already been issued, while in some areas the appointment orders of PST teachers are awaited. In this scenario, the Education Department is already busy in too much work in shape of document checking and verification and thousands of candidates visit the Education Department offices on daily basis.

Sources said most of the newly appointed teachers are making efforts to get appointment at the nearest schools to their residences, but it is not possible to accommodate every candidate in the school of their liking. The already serving teachers also have the same issues and thousands of transfer applications remain pending with the Education Department.

The ban on transfers/postings has been imposed apparently to focus on completion of ongoing recruitment process and ensure merit-based postings.