Even as the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB) has decided to go ahead with the selection of 6,000 teachers and principals in private-run grant-in-aid schools all over the state with effect from February 18,president of the Gujarat State School Managements Association (GSSMA) Ambubhai Patel,who was appointed on the selection committee of the board to represent the private school managements,has resigned from the membership of the selection.
In his letter submitted to the state education department on Wednesday,he said he did not accept the appointment as he was against the mandate of the selection committee to recruit teachers and principals for the private aided schools as well.
Patel had been opposing the selection committee ever since it was formed a year ago. Patel representing the school managements had taken the stand that the aided school managements be allowed to recruit principals,teachers and non-teaching staff members as they were allowed to do since 1948.
He had pleaded that there were the private managements that arranged for the land,constructed buildings and made arrangement for other infrastructure amounting to huge investments,so they should have the right to recruit staff of their choice and there should not be any interference from the state government.
He had argued that the educational standard of all the grant-in-aid schools was much better than the government-run schools and one of the reasons for it was the powers vested with the management to recruit teachers.
But the state government had countered by saying that since the state government paid for the salaries of the staff,it should have the right to appoint the faculty. Based on this argument,the Gujarat High Court rejected the plea of the association. However,the matter is pending before the Supreme Court and issue would come up for hearing on February 17.
Patel said he had also submitted an affidavit to the apex court in connection with his resignation from the selection committee. He said his appointment on the selection committee without his consultation was a clever move of the state government to weaken his case in the apex court.
He said it were not only school management but the privately-owned grant-in-aid college managements had also opposed the bid of the state government to grab the power of the management to recruit principals and teachers in their institutes.
On a petition by the Society of Higher Educational Institutions,a single judge bench of the Gujarat HC issued a notice to the state government asking it to explain as to why should they not be restricted from recruiting faculty and staff in grant-in-aid colleges.
Principal secretary (education) Hasmukh Adhia,when questioned,said the selection process would begin on February 18 despite resignation of Patel. When pointed out that the matter was pending in the apex court,he said the court had not given stay on the recruitment and it was only hearing the case.