Pune: It has been observed that many schools and junior colleges are refusing to act as centres for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) examination.
The School Education and Sports Department of the State government has issued a circular directing schools and junior colleges to provide their buildings as centres for MPSC examination or strict action will be taken.
“MPSC examinations are held to recruit candidates for different positions in government offices. Schools and colleges have been asked to act as centres for the examination. It is observed that many schools and colleges have refused to do so, hindering the smooth conduct of the examination. Therefore, the State government will take strict action against those who do not cooperate,” reads the government resolution (GR).
It notified directors of primary, secondary and higher secondary education that all aided, unaided, permanently unaided, self-funded schools should offer their buildings as centres for MPSC examination. MPSC examinations are held in the months of March to May. Recently, Chairman of MPSC, VN More sent a letter to the director of technical education (DTE) that a similar problem was experienced with private engineering colleges.
“There is a larger turnout for MPSC preliminary examination than the main examination in big cities like Mumbai and Pune. It becomes difficult to accommodate all candidates due to shortage in centres,” said More. “These private schools give reasons like we do not avail benefits from government or that the school is occupied for some event,” added More.
“Many times we schedule prior events during holidays, then it is not possible to offer the schools for such purposes. If the school is free, we have been offering it as a centre,” said Teresa David,
Principal of Apte Prashala.