4,000 teachers in a limbo as State Edu Dept gives termination notices

ST Correspondent
Monday, 1 April 2019

“In 2013, the High Court ordered recruitment when lack of teachers for important subjects was observed. The Education Department then gave approval to some teachers who were earlier appointed in the unaided divisions,” said Subhash More, Maharashtra Executive President of the organisation Shikshak Bharti.

Pune: The fate of over 4,000 teachers across the State, who were recruited after May 2012, hangs in balance, as they have been receiving termination notices from the Education Department.

The recruitment of these teachers was approved after May 2, 2012 when the State government had put a ban on all recruitments.

“In 2013, the High Court ordered recruitment when lack of teachers for important subjects was observed. The Education Department then gave approval to some teachers who were earlier appointed in the unaided divisions,” said Subhash More, Maharashtra Executive President of the organisation Shikshak Bharti.

However, when the new government came to power in 2014, they cancelled the approval of these new teachers. 

While a stay was brought to that order, the Education Department has again been issuing termination notices to teachers, dated back to November 2018.

“Although these approvals were given after recruitments were banned, they were given following right procedures. So they cannot be termed invalid. We recently met Education Commissioner Vishal Solanki and explained our stance to him. On March 16, 2019, he wrote a letter to the Education Secretary,” More stated.

“The notices that are now being issued to these teachers are dated earlier. Hence, they do not stand valid,” said More.

“They should at least issue new notices so that we can challenge them in the court within the period of three months. More importantly, we would like them to wait until the Education Secretary gives response over the same,” More added.

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