Banswara-The Rajasthan Eligibility Examination for Teachers (REET) Level I process in Rajasthan has encountered a significant roadblock, leaving many candidates in a state of uncertainty and frustration. Despite the completion of the selection and school allocation phase, a considerable number of candidates are grappling with delayed appointments, leading to not only professional setbacks but also financial losses.
The Rajasthan Shikshak Sangh (Siyaram) has stepped forward, urging the initiation of the appointment process for the affected candidates.
Out of the 19 thousand candidates selected under teacher recruitment in the state, over 15 thousand successfully secured appointments following the completion of the selection process, including document verification and approval from the respective Zila Parishads. However, the remaining selected candidates, who underwent document verification from external universities, have been unable to secure appointments and are currently in a state of anticipation.
In Banswara, 131 candidates who were selected are still awaiting appointments. The filing of petitions related to appointments in Rajasthan High Court and the court's status quo order post-election have prolonged their waiting period.
Arun Vyas, Co-Secretary of the State Educational Cell of the organization, explained that after document verification and school allocation, the recruitment process was stalled due to the Model Code of Conduct coming in effect in the second week of October, followed by legal proceedings. In the past too, recruitments had been temporarily conducted in accordance to the court's decision, and similarly, in these cases, joining can be facilitated, Vyas said. This approach would ensure that schools with acute shortage of teachers do not face teaching problems and students in such schools do not suffer.
Despite lifting of the model code of conduct, the matter presently under judicial consideration, has dashed the hopes of candidates who were expecting appointments post-election. A resolution was anticipated after a December 21 hearing, however, the status quo orders persist, and the next hearing is scheduled for the last week of January.
A delegation of the Teachers' association along with the candidates who were deprived of appointment, recently met with officials at the Chief Minister's Office and expressed outrage over discrimination. It was pointed out that all procedures were followed in the recruitment process, and majority of candidates selected along with them received appointments and have been serving in their schools for two to three months. However, those who were deprived are forced to face disappointment.
A memorandum has been submitted to the State Government, referring to the previous decisions the Court, where all benefits have been granted from the date of selection.