In a setback for aspiring teachers who took the School Service Commission (SSC) on July 29, 2012, a significant number of teaching posts up for grabs via the exam could be abolished if the commission fails to the process of recruitment by March 2013.
The exam had been conducted to fill up 55,000 vacant posts of assistant teachers in state-aided schools and as many as 39,500 of these could now turn null and void, should the commission fail to meet the March deadline for recruitment. However, top commission officials said meeting the March deadline was nigh impossible.
Over 7,26,000 took the SSC last year, of which 175000 qualified for the preliminary Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) and is currently awaiting the result of the main part of the exam.
Shortly after the Trinamool government agreed to implement the Right To Education Act, 2009 across the state-run and state-aided schools, the central government sanctioned 39,500 vacant teaching positions in government-aided schools. It was further understood that while the Centre would pay the salary of these fresh lot of teachers till 2017, the state government would have to take the process forward thereafter.
The extra teaching posts had been sanctioned in a way as to ensure compliance to the 40:1 student-teacher ratio in state and state-aided schools. However, the teaching posts had to be filled by March 31, 2013, failing which the periodicity of having recruits for these posts would give out.
The commission had hoped to have the process of evaluating answer scripts done by February and the results out by mid-March. However, even after publication of results, the examinees would have to take the Viva and those clearing it, would be called for counseling, thereby delaying the process of recruitment.
The process has only got more complicated with the High Court on February 7 directing the state government to fill-up all vacancies with B.Ed candidates and should any post still remain vacant, they could be opened up for non-trained teachers.