Teachers in State to go on indefinite hunger strike

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 2 February 2019

“It has been seven months since the Pavitra portal for teachers recruitment was launched by the Maharashtra Government.” Santosh Magar, Founder President of the Association, said.

PUNE: Qualified and eligible teachers in the State have called for an indefinite hunger strike in the city from February 4, as they feel the long-awaited recruitment of teachers will be delayed further if it does not commence before the 

Model Code of Conduct for Lok Sabha elections comes into play.

The DEd, BEd Students Association, which has been fighting for recruitment of teachers since the past nine years, will be protesting outside the Education Commissioner’s office in Pune.

“It has been seven months since the Pavitra portal for teachers recruitment was launched by the Maharashtra Government. Till now, they are only carrying out the registrations, while over a lakh teachers, who are well-qualified and have cleared the required aptitude tests, await recruitment. If nothing happens by March 5, we will be doomed, as nothing will happen until after the election verdict,” Santosh Magar, Founder President of the Association, said.

“They are saying that the advertisements will be out by February 3 but right now, looking at the progress of the procedure, it seems highly unlikely. How will they complete the round in this month then? Hence, we have decided that we will continue our hunger strike until they release the advertisement,” Magar added.

MANY POSTS LYING VACANT
Sakal Times had reported earlier that out of the 2.52 lakh (appoximately) sanctioned posts in Maharashtra, only 2,31,557 have been filled, leaving a void of around 20,000 teachers and headmasters. Speaking on an earlier occasion, Vishal Solanki, State Education Commissioner, had stated that the first round of recruitment will be completed by the end of February, however, the advertisements for the same have not yet been issued.

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