Over 400 teachers go on a hunger strike in the city

ST CORRESPONDENT
Tuesday, 5 February 2019

State Education Commissioner Vishal Solanki said, “We are in the last stage of updating the rosters of the schools and the advertisement will be released once that is complete. Also, the State has implemented the 10 per cent general category reservation, which we have to incorporate in our system now. We are quite positive that we will be able to start the process in the first half of February itself.”

PUNE: More than 400 qualified, yet unemployed teachers across the State have begun an indefinite hunger strike outside the State Education Commissioner’s office in the city, demanding the timely beginning of the already prolonged teacher’s recruitment process.

The teachers, who have been waiting for more than a year despite having cleared the necessary eligibility and aptitude tests, fear the recruitment process will be prolonged further if it fails to start before the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct forthe upcoming  Lok Sabha elections.

While the teachers are protesting under the flag of the D.Ed B.Ed Students Association, Santosh Magar, Founder President of the Association, said by the end of the first day of the protest, all they had received were verbal promises by the commissioner and assistant director of education.

“Today, the assistant director appealed to the protestors to call off the strike, as the advertisements are scheduled to be published between February 11 and 15. However, we insisted on receiving a written assurance for the same, as we do not believe in false promises. But, by the end of the day, we did not receive any written confirmation,” Magar said.

He said the protest will continue until either the advertisement is published or they receive a formal written letter regarding the beginning of the process.

Reacting to the issue, State Education Commissioner Vishal Solanki said, “We are in the last stage of updating the rosters of the schools and the advertisement will be released once that is complete. Also, the State has implemented the 10 per cent general category reservation, which we have to incorporate in our system now. We are quite positive that we will be able to start the process in the first half of February itself.”

As Sakal Times had reported earlier, an RTI query had revealed that out of the 2,51,969 sanctioned posts across the State, presently, 2,31,557 have been filled, leaving a void of around 20,000 teachers and headmasters. 

More than a lakh eligible candidates have been fighting for the recruitment process to start for almost a year.

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