As many as 50 students from across the state have started an eight-day strike from Monday demanding jobs for candidates who passed D.Ed Common Entrance Test in 2010.
In 2010,CET was held for D.Ed aspirants for teachers jobs. Around 3,000 students passed the exam but none of them were given jobs. The education department kept on delaying the appointments. We filed a petition in Bombay High Court in 2011 and the court directed the government to give us jobs by March 31 this year. However,we were not given jobs, said Sachin Kale,who filed a petitions in the court.
We again approached the court on May 15 and the court directed the government to give us appointment letters along with a salary from March 7,2012 onwards. However,nothing has happened and we decided to go on a strike, added Kale.
This is not the first time the D.Ed aspirants are protesting against the government. This is the third time in two months we have gone on strike. The education department officials said there are no vacancis in teaching positions. Following this,I filed an application under the Right to Information Act,2005,and in the reply it was revealed there are 1,800 vacant teaching positions in the state. When there are vacancies,why is the government not giving us jobs?, asked Kale.
Kale also filed a contempt of court petition against the education department in the High Court on July 1 as they were not given jobs despite the High Court orders.
Today we met education department officials and director of Primary Education Mahavir Mane. They said they had sent various proposals but the government has not responded so far, said Kale. Despite repeated attempts,Mane could not be reached.