Last month, when the Maharashtra state government Education Minister Vinod Tawde initiated an online portal Pavitra for teachers’ recruitment, it received a huge backlash from school managements and aspirants. Following this, the Maharashtra Rajya Shikshan Sanstha Mahamandal (MRSSM) joint secretary, Ravindra Fadnavis called to boycott the online portal stating the process ‘faulty’. It had received a lot of criticism. After hearing a plea by Stree Shikshan Prasarak Mandal and many others contending the same, the state government informed the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court that it had stopped appointments of teachers through the latest launched portal till September 1.
According to TOI, the hearing was postponed till August 30. In the earlier hearing, the High Court had asked the government to take instructions and release a statement as to when they can begin with the appointments. The recent announcement to stop the recruitment process was made and reported by Deputy Director of Education in the city who was present during the hearing. The initiative was aimed to bring transparency to the teachers’ recruitment procedure and to stop corruption in the education department. However, it only received criticism from educators and aspirants.
In the process, the education management will not have any role in selecting the eligible candidates. Whoever is sent through the portal has to be hired. Talking against the recruitment method, Fadnavis in an earlier statement was quoted as saying, “Who will be responsible if one of the recruits molests or abuses someone on campus? Police will arrest those from the management too though we did not have a role in recruiting teachers.” On the other hand, many aspirants have accused the management too for demanding bribes to get hired.