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Maharashtra: Education diploma holders up in arms over govt's reluctance to conduct exam for reaching jobs

Maharashtra: Education diploma holders up in arms over govt's reluctance to conduct exam for reaching jobs

Vishwas Kothari, TNN Jun 29, 2012, 06.57PM IST

PUNE: Scores of teachers education diploma (D.T.Ed) holders are up in arms over the government's non-committal approach to the conduct of a pre-recruitment common eligibility test (PR-CET) this year for teaching jobs at primary schools in Maharashtra.
The last of the PR-CETs, which was introduced in 2008, was conducted on May 2, 2010 by the Maharashtra state council of examination (MSCE) for filling up teaching posts at primary schools run by the government or local self-governing bodies like municipal corporations, municipal councils and zilla parishads.

Activists from student organistions like the All India Students Federation (AISF) have alleged that the government has not conducted the PR-CET despite more than 34,000 teaching posts remaining vacant. This has resulted in the number of unemployed diploma holders going up significantly.
"We want the government to revive the PR-CET by implementing the 30:1 pupil-teacher ration in classrooms under the Right to Education Act, which will create more posts and reduce the extent of prevailing unemployment," said Sanjay Nangre, AISF state president.
An AISF delegation also called on the director of primary education, Shridhar Salunkhe, to deliberate the matter. "Salunkhe has assured us that the matter would be taken up with the school education department higher ups in Mumbai during a meeting scheduled for July 10," Nangre said.
The government decided to introduce a PR-CET on an annual basis from year 2008 following problems faced in the recruitment against vacancies that arose by the time of reopening of schools for AY 2008-09. Candidates from 865 villages in the disputed Maharashtra-Karnataka border territory had then complained that were at a disadvantage due to the gap in their D.T.Ed score and the score by Maharashtra candidates.
Mahaveer Mane, MSCE commissioner, told TOI, "A number of factors are responsible for the government's move to hold up the conduct of the PR-CET for now. "To begin with, there are no vacant posts as of now to warrant the CET. The last CET in 2010 was conducted for filling up 14,200 posts and barring 200-odd posts, all the remaining posts have been filled up," he said.
"Even the 200 vacancies were on account of revised classroom strengths in various districts that rendered the teaching posts surplus at many places," he said. "The zilla parishads and municipal councils have reported no vacancies besides the state government's drive against bogus enrolment of students has rendered teaching posts at many schools as surplus," he added.
"The Bombay high court has directed the government not to remove the existing teachers from the schools where the teaching posts were rendered surplus due to the drive against bogus enrolment. We have to first accomodate these teachers at other schools," said Mane.
He said, "The 34,000 teaching posts referred by students are under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) and 12,000 of these are meant for promotions from teaching assistants to teachers post. If we are to implement the 30:1 pupil-teacher ratio, the state's average pupil-teacher ratio is already at 31 or 32 pupil per teacher. There is little scope for creating more teaching posts."
Mane said, "The director of primary education will soon conduct a survey to take stock of the vacancies across all districts in the state. It may take some time before the government takes a call on conducting the PR-CET."

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