Mumbai: The Maharashtra Government yesterday assured the Bombay High Court that it would fill up 537 vacancies of teachers in the government-aided secondary and higher secondary schools in Mumbai within three months.
The statement was made by Advocate General Darius Khambata, as the division Bench headed by Chief Justice asked the state to complete the process of recruiting before Diwali so that students would benefit in the second semester.
The Advocate General also assured that the state would consider filling up vacancies in the primary schools as well.
Taking suo moto (on its own) cognisance of newspaper reports regarding shortage of teachers across government schools in the state, the High Court had a week ago sought the government's response.
In an affidavit, Prakash Thube, Joint Secretary, School Education, today stated that government had proposed to fill up 537 vacant posts of teachers in the government-aided schools in the city; the proposal would be cleared soon.
He said the authorities would direct the Director and Deputy Director of Education to give No Objection Certificates to aided schools to fill up the vacancies of teachers.
This, he said, would be done a war-footing within two months of the state giving sanction for filling up these posts.
In the affidavit, Thube sought a month's time for the state to give sanction; thus, he said, within three months the process of filling vacancies for teachers posts would be complete.