Edu dept de­lays hir­ing more teach­ers

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Megha Pol

THANE: The mu­nic­i­pal Englishmedium schools, which were started to pro­vide good ed­u­ca­tion to poor stu­dents, are fac­ing dearth of teach­ers. The Thane mayor has al­leged that de­spite sev­eral de­ci­sions passed by the gen­eral body to hire teach­ers, the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment is de­lay­ing the process.

He has de­manded ac­tion against of­fi­cials. On Fri­day, mayor Sanjay More drafted a let­ter to the com­mis­sioner, in­form­ing him about the dearth of teach­ers. He said, “The cor­po­ra­tion took a rev­o­lu­tion­ary de­ci­sion to start the schools in the city to pro­vide good ed­u­ca­tion to stu­dents from the weaker eco­nomic sec­tions of the so­ci­ety who can­not af­ford ed­u­ca­tion in pri­vate schools.”

“We had passed a res­o­lu­tion in the gen­eral body meet­ing in Novem­ber 2013 to in­crease teach­ers in these schools. How­ever, noth­ing us yet done in the last two years,” More said.

He said he had con­stantly fol­lowed up the is­sue with the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment but no ac­tion was taken. “I have asked the com­mis­sioner to take suit­able ac­tion against the of­fi­cers of the depart­ment who are not both- ered about the future of these stu­dents. I have also de­manded that the ap­point­ment pro­ce­dure of the teach­ers should be taken on pri­or­ity ba­sis.”

The let­ter how­ever has not gone down well with the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment who claimed that there is no de­lay on pur­pose. An of­fi­cial from the ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment said, “There are 51 ap­proved post for Englishmedium schools. We have filled 38 posts and there is an re­quire­ment of 15 to 20 more teach­ers.”

He said after the gen­eral body’s de­ci­sion in 2013, a pro­posal was sent to the state. “The state took time to study the mat­ter. In Au­gust, we got their guide­lines say­ing that since these schools are self- fi­nanced, we do not need their ap­proval. We have tabled a pro­posal to hire the teach­ers.”

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