Apprehending difficulty in recruiting teachers after the passage of the Right to Education Bill in parliament,the state government is in a hurry to recruit teachers in primary schools on its own terms and conditions. The government is keen to recruit nearly 58,000 primary teachers,but faces stiff resistance from the PTTI trainees,who insist that despite their diplomas being declared invalid,priority should be given to them in the recruitment process.
I have seen the Bill. The minimum qualification for teachers will now be decided by the Centre, said School Education Minister Partha De.
The minister apprehended that the right to recruit primary teachers will no longer rest with the state government after the Bill,which has already been cleared by the Rajya Sabha,is passed in Lok Sabha.
He was speaking at a closed-door convention of four Left Front students unions and PTTI trainees on the PTTI crisis on Monday. Citing the impending Bill,De tried to convince the PTTI students to allow the government go for the recruitment.
I want that jobs should be given to all the PTTI trainees. But there is no legal provision that gives them any advantage, said De. But his attempt to try and persuade the students to sit for an entrance test did not seem to work and the minister was booed by them. He left the convention without any consensus on the issue.