Often criticised for lack of employment opportunities in Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that her government will appoint over 32,000 teachers for upper primary and primary levels by March 2022.
According to the announcement, the appointment process for 24,500 positions in primary and upper primary levels will be completed before Durga Puja in October. It includes 14,000 vacancies in upper primary level (classes 5 to 8) and 10,500 vacancies in primary level (classes-1 to 4). This apart, the additional 5,500 more posts for primary teachers will be filled up by the end of the current financial year.
The move is aimed at improving school education in the state, with the chief minister asserting that all appointments will be made only on the basis of merit list and no lobbying for the same will be required. Banerjee said, “Those who have passed the examinations are eligible for the jobs. The appointments were stuck because of court cases.”
TET held in August 2015
The Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for recruitment of teachers in upper primary schools was held in August 2015 and the results were declared in September 2016. The results of the interview were out in August 2019. Around five lakh candidates had appeared for the tests. In December last year, the CM had announced that 16,500 teachers would be appointed at the primary level.
The Calcutta High Court had in February stayed the recruitment process for primary teachers following petitions filed by job aspirants who alleged discrepancies after their names did not feature on the merit list issued by the West Bengal Board of Primary Education. It later directed the West Bengal Central School Service Commission (WBCSSC) to ensure that deserving candidates are not left out and the recruitment process is conducted transparently.
The court, which initially asked the commission to publish the interview list by May 10, had allowed some time given the ongoing COVID pandemic.
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