Pune: With a pressing demand to start the teachers’ recruitment process in the State so as to provide employment to lakhs of eligible candidates and also fill in vacant seats, the DTEd, BEd Students Association, Maharashtra, started an indefinite hunger strike outside the office of Education Commissioner, at Central Building in the city.
Around 1,000 candidates, who have the required qualification, and have cleared the eligibility test, participated in the protest held on Monday. The protesters will be meeting State Education Commissioner Vishal Solanki to discuss their demands and will then decide the further course of action.
“Everyone, who has gathered here, has completed Diploma in Education (DEd) or Bachelor of Education (BEd). As Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) is mandatory, we have all also cleared the test. However, despite making big announcements for taking in all the candidates at least four times, there have been no recruitments. Instead, the government is going on conducting the TETs without declaring any vacant seats,” Santosh Magar, Founder President of the Association, said.
The primary demand of the association is a declaration of an elaborate and scheduled programme for teachers’ recruitment and immediate filling up of vacant posts in one go depending on the TET merit. The association insists that instead of giving preference to local recruitments, the candidates who have cleared TET in December 2017 should be recruited for the 24,000+ vacant posts from primary to higher secondary level.
He also said that despite the halt of recruitments, the private schools have appointed teachers, who have not cleared TET, and moreover, aren’t even qualified with DEd or BEd.
“While the candidates eligible for employment are not getting recruited, it’s unfair that those who aren’t even well-qualified are getting the jobs. The government needs to conduct an enquiry into the same and dismiss the bogus non-eligible teachers,” Magar stated.
Stating the plight of the protesting candidates, he further added, “It’s sad to see that so many of us, despite being eligible to be teachers, have to do odd jobs. Many of us are working as salespersons at shops and security guards in order to make ends meet. And all this while we actually have so many vacancies for teachers’ posts. We demand a firm action on the same, very soon.”