Renowned educationists of the world unanimously believe that transfer is the most important tool of learning for a teacher which enables him or her how one can develop important competencies to have a better teaching quality.
This is why transfer has been thought important part of the service and is implemented everywhere after due time in favour of a teacher thorough out the world. Jammu and Kashmir is also one among such parts of the world where transfer policy is in vogue since long and teachers are transferred after every two or at the most three years stay at a particular place with an aim that learning capacities of these teachers increase and they do not feel stagnant in any way but for some unknown and illogical reasons this important part of govt service has not been extended to SSA scheme in which more than 50 thousand persons have been engaged since 2000 Ad, the year it was launched in J &K by then Farooq Abdullah led govt. hence caused more harm to our education sector than its benefits. No doubt SSA revolutionized education system of our state to the extent that today our literacy rate is more than 70 percent which was below 50 in 2000AD prior to its launch and drop out ratio has also declined to a satisfactory level but keeping teachers at 17 long years posted at a particular place is never justified and honesty that too in an era when challenges before a teacher are emerging after every passing hour.
The pace of time and challenges of times had to be looked in a broader prospect at govt level to make the system more relevant for the progeny of today which is future of our tomorrow but Alas ! nothing has been done.This is an undeniable fact that Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan or SSA now in force for last 18 years all over in the India,has completed its tireless journey of 17 years in J &K too with number of remarkable achievements both in curricular and non curricular fields but un touching of transfer policy aspect is seen as a lackadaisical mark of it which had to be rectified much earlier.there are reports that maximum of these teachers particularly from far flung and remotest pockets of state engaged at local level as per the norms of Scheme are not able to make justice with the subjects they teach because of their low qualification or less exposure. besides their arrogance at particular places for about 2 decades now ,their negligible exposure and poor teaching qualities are being thought a growing threat for our secure education system at govt end in light of our futuristic demands which if remains un touched will have far reaching consequences in the near future.
A general feeling about these teachers is that they never got any chance to test their worth outside their villages ,Mohallas, wards etc so remained like they were.
Taking benefit of SSA and minimum 10+2 pass qualification to become an ReTs was good and might have been thought a crucial need at some time to make functional our schools during limping situation of the state but it should have been relooked before becoming a curse.
No bias, no prejudice and no negative approach but yes most of these teachers need to be transferred at least within the zone, with minimum one kilometers distance at an earliest so that they get a chance to judge their worth outside their locality. State Education minister Mr Syed Altaf Bukhari, who is very keen to bring govt schools on track, one hopes, will take possible steps in this direction. Yes most of the teachers of SSA who were engaged as 12th pass outs, have now attained higher qualifications through distance mode. But open learning faults are stuck to their minds. The only remedy is their within-zone transfer.