The government has asked for data on the number of vacancies for recruitment of teachers in schools. The decision to conduct a Common Entrance Test for such recruitments was announced in 2013.
The decision to conduct a CET for private aided schools was taken by the Congress government in 2013, but has not been implemented till now. Through a circular issued on August 20, the directorate of primary education’s office has asked all education officers and deputy directors in the state to make a complete report on the number of vacancies.
“It is to be noted that you have to take a review of the number of vacant seats in primary schools in the district or the jurisdiction, irrespective of their medium or management. The information on the number of posts, number of teachers working and the number of vacancies, including government quota and its implementation, has to be collected. The information has to be sent to the ministry and the High Court and hence the information should be collected with precision,” said the letter.
“This is a great move by the government and should be implemented immediately even in unaided schools. First of all, this will ensure there is no discrimination in the recruitment process. Sometimes people are discriminated against on the basis of their caste or religion if the management belongs to an opposite ideology. With a common test, this will not be possible and every teacher aspirant will get a fair chance based on the his or her merit,” said Matin Mujawar, education expert.
“Secondly, this will at least curb corruption in the recruitment process in some way. For a single vacancy, lakhs of rupees are spent by aspirants in private schools. With the CET deciding the fate of the aspirants, this will also be controlled,” said Mujawar.
“It is a good step and it will help both intelligent teachers in getting shortlisted and the schools to provide better education to their respective students. CET is a common platform for all the aspiring teachers to prove themselves,” said Ajeenkya D Y Patil, president, Ajeenkya D Y Patil University.
Sanjayrao Tayde Patil of the Maharashtra English School Trustees Association said, “The move is for aided private schools. This cannot be implemented in unaided private schools as it is our right to appoint a person of our choice as a teacher in our schools because we do not get any grant from the government.”
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