For the second consecutive year, the state government has decided not to conduct Common Entrance Test (CET) for recruiting teachers in government-run primary schools.
The decision seems to have jeopardised employment opportunities of aspiring teachers who recently completed their two-year Diploma of Teachers Education (DTEd) course.
The city-based State Examination Council (SEC) is the authority responsible for organising the exam. “We are just an organising authority. The state government is yet to direct us about conducting this year’s DTEd CET,” SEC Chairperson H E Shinde said.
Every year, nearly 90,000 students take admission in colleges that offer the two-year diploma course. “Currently, there are no vacancies for primary teachers in government schools. This is the only reason the CET has not been mentioned in this year’s schedule,” Shinde said.
The government last recruited about 14,000 aspirants, who cleared their DTEd, after they passed the CET in May 2010.
“Even then the 14,000 vacant posts were the backlog of the previous two years,” SEC Deputy Commissioner Shivaji Pandhre said.
SEC Commissioner Mahaveer Mane said at present there were 89,000 students completing the second year of DTEd across colleges in the state.
“Keeping in mind the freeze on recruitment in government schools, this year only 64,000 HSC pass students opted for DTEd,” Mane said.
District Secretary of Pune Jilha Kaladhyapak Sangha Suneel Borle said the government should take firm decision about the courses, as students were suffering unnecessarily.
“When government knows that there are no vacancies for teachers in schools, then why isn’t it restricting admissions to the DTEd course?” Borle said.
249 colleges disqualified
The high-powered commission constituted by the Supreme Court recently disqualified 249 colleges offering DTEd programme in the state. Once the court validates the commission’s report, the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) will initiate action against these colleges, sources in the SCERT said. These colleges were disqualified after the report revealed these institutes had failed to fulfil required norms — availability of land, built up area and infrastructural facilities, among other vital parameters.