Tayyeb Muhammadzai

PESHAWAR: Hundreds of teachers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are deprived from transfer to the duty place of their choice due to lack of clarity in the current online transfer system of the Elementary and Secondary Education Department (ESED).

Teachers who have applied for e-transfers said the cadre of senior subject teachers (SST) could not be defined yet which has left thousands of male and female teachers uncertain about their status. Some teachers believe that this system cannot deliver and they have approached the court for their right. The e-transfer method of teachers has been challenged in the Peshawar High Court (PHC).

About 20 SSTs have challenged the e-transfer system in which the KP ESED has been made respondent. Abdur Rahim Khan, SST from Nowshera, said the system of online transfer of teachers was introduced by the KP government in 2019 to bring transparency and merit in the transfer. Under this system the transfers of teachers up to BPS-14 would be done within the district and they can be declared district cadre posts. The transfer of teachers above BPS-16 can be done outside the district as these are provincial cadre posts.

Abdur Rahim said the KP ESED on July 05, 2021 uploaded a post on its Facebook page regarding e-transfer under which the teachers submitted applications for transfer. The ESED transferred subject specialists (SS) and headmasters and also included SST teachers in district cadre, saying that these teachers can be transferred within the district. He said the SST teachers still don’t know about their cadre.

Abbas Sangeen Khan Advocate, a legal expert, said SST teachers must be included in provincial cadre because under the policy those serving on BPS-16 and above are included in provincial cadre. He said the SST teachers have been recommended for transfer by the computer application, but the Education Department is not doing the needful. He said this attitude is unjust and illegal. He said the provincial government must reconsider this policy and shouldn’t deprive the deserving candidates from the facility of transfer.

Abbas Advocate said the policy must be implemented in an transparent manner and grievances of teachers over the system must be addressed.

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