During the course of the academic year, the department would carry out administrative transfers to comply with teacher-student ratio.
A total of 268 transfer and promotion orders were issued during the counselling for teachers and headmasters in high and higher secondary schools over 10 days.
The process ended on Wednesday with issue of transfer orders by Chief Educational Officer K. Selvakumar to 135 BT assistants, and 17 others, including physical education teachers and music teachers.
The counselling began with transfer of 19 headmasters of higher secondary schools. In the subsequent counselling for promotion of post graduate teachers and high school headmasters to the post of higher secondary school headmasters, 19 of them were elevated.
Among the rest, 26 high school headmasters and 71 post graduate teachers received transfer orders. In the counselling for transfer and promotion conducted by District Elementary Educational Officer V. Jeyakumar, 13 elementary school heads were transferred and 13 secondary level teachers promoted as elementary school heads.
A notable factor in the process of counselling has been the inclination of applicants to secure transfers closer to urban schools, particularly those in and around the city limits.
According to the education department officials, the vacancies in rural parts are filled with eligible applicants from other districts or through fresh postings.
During the course of the academic year, the department would carry out administrative transfers to comply with teacher-student ratio. The ratio was 1:30 at primary level and 1:35 at upper primary level. Primary schools where the number of children exceeds 60 are eligible for seeking a third teacher.
Those shifted through administrative transfers are given priority in the transfer counselling once they complete the specified number of service in the school where they are posted.