PUNE: Schools in the state recognized by the government will now need permission from the education commissioner and undergo a scrutiny before appointing teaching and non-teaching staff.
A government notification on June 20 has stated that a ban on teachers' recruitment imposed in 2011 has been lifted, but appointing new teaching and non-teaching staff would require permission from the state commissioner of education.
All private aided and unaided primary, upper primary and secondary schools looking at appointing teaching and non-teaching staff will have to submit a proposal even if it is for recruitment of one staff member, to the commissioner of education.
A committee headed by the commissioner with the respective regional director of education, state director of education (secondary and higher secondary), director of education (primary) as members, will scrutinize the proposal for schools in Brihan Mumbai and the chief executive officer of respective Zilla Parishad, education officer (Primary) of Zilla Parishad and education officer (secondary) of the respective district would form another committee for schools other than those in Brihan Mumbai.
M K Phadke, deputy secretary, state directorate of education, said, "This committee will study the proposal in respect of its validity as per rules of the Right to Education Act and whether the proposal has been submitted after surplus teachers and non-teaching staff in the region have been allocated to schools falling short of such staff among other things."
The school management will need a written approval of this committee to appoint the required staff. V K Rajguru, director of the Rajguru Pratishthan that runs primary and secondary schools in Pune district said, "The state government has become very stringent with respect to appointment of staff in schools. We do not have problems following the protocol, however, the government should ensure that the process is fast and does not go through many layers."
Educationist Heramb Kulkarni said the right to grant permission in case of appointment of one or two staff members could be given to the regional director of the respective district.
"The school management will have to go all the way to the commissioner of education in Pune for permission which will be difficult for schools located in remote areas of the state."