HC puts Govt on notice over delay in appointing teachers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 Sep 2017 11:15:21


Staff Reporter,

School managements challenge teachers’ appointment method THE burning issue of appointment of teachers in private aided schools through centralised mechanism once again been raised before the High Court with school managements from Buldana and Nagpur questioning the legality of move to conduct a written qualifying test and slow process to accord nod to fill the vacant posts due to which working in their schools has suffered a lot.

The petitioners claimed that they cannot proceed with recruitment and in the absence of qualified teachers, education in their school sis being adversely affected.

The educational institutions claimed that the State government,even today,is not equipped with machinery to conduct desire deligibility and aptitude test and even if such test is to be arranged, after the test, the declaration of result and then recruitment will put students and entire education at peril.

A division bench consisting of Justice Bhushan Dharmadhikari and Justice Arun Upadhye have posted the matter on Tuesday with a stern warning to School Education Secretary to communicate instructions about preparedness of State Government on this vital issue to Government Pleader’s office by Monday evening or be ready to attend the court personally on Tuesday.

The State government on June 23, 2017 finalised centralised recruitment process for teachers appointment and claimed that entire process would be available on SARAL while the details about number of vacancies, roster point, number of students available would be displayed on Pavitra and only requisite number of teachers would be selected in centralised mannerin transparent manner. The decision itself was taken following a decision by the High Court on suo motu public interest litigation expressing deep concern over alleged irregularities in appointment of teaching and non-teaching staff in private aidedschools.

The High Court had taken a view that since the salary and pension of every employee of private aided schools including teachers is paid from public exchequer, the State government must have adecisive role in appointing teachers. Looking at the large scale irregularities and complaints of malpractices, the High Court had suggested that State must take charge of such appointments in centralised manner to curb corruption in appointments.

The new government headed by Devendra Fadnavis had responded positively and promised to frame regulations in this respect. The Education department had suggested amendments to Maharashtra Employees of Private Schools rules, 1981 and forwarded it to Law and Judiciary Department in August 2015 which pointed out some shortcomings.

There after,a fresh draft was dispatched on September 20, 2015 and another amendment for appointment of tribal community teachers was mooted. Final draft was sent on October 23,2015 and after some delay,the Cabinet approved it four months ago. Petitioner-school managements claimed that there a reglaring instancesof non-application of mind and challenged the amendment to MEPS Rules 1981.

The decision has deprived the schools from selection process of teachers. Adv Ravindra Khapre and Adv Bhanudas Kulkarni appeared for the petitioners while Addl GP Deepak Thakre represented State.