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Questioned on slow recruitment, Maharashtra minister Kesarkar ‘threatens’ to disqualify aspiring teacher | Mumbai News


A video of Maharashtra Education Minister Deepak Kesarkar losing his calm when a job aspirant questions him about the much-delayed teacher recruitment process has gone viral on social media.

The teacher job aspirant approached the minister at a public interaction in Beed on November 26. For some time, Kesarkar coolly answered the queries and told the woman the process had started and that the portal for teacher recruitment had become functional.

When the aspirant posed counter-questions to Kesarkar’s claims, he told her that with “this kind of indiscipline, she would be a misfit in a government job”. As the woman pointed out that the recruitment had been delayed by five years, the minister asked her to display her “shraddha and saburi” (faith and patience). He said that she could have met him after the event and his media interaction. “I am as strict as I am affectionate,” he told her.

Kesarkar then turned to the media cameras, while continuing to talk to the woman, and said that for him the students were important and that if the undisciplined teachers were to inculcate such habits among the students, he would not tolerate it. “I want teachers who teach with discipline, not those who think only about their rights and not about the students, because it is they who shape the future of the state,” he said.

The woman then interjected, “My only request is…” and Kesarkar snapped, “Don’t interrupt me. Otherwise I will obtain your name and get you disqualified!” the video shows him saying.

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NCP MP Supriya Sule said, “This government is high on power and money. If you insult teachers, Maharashtra will not tolerate this. We will stand firmly behind the teachers. Also importantly, it was a lady teacher. It’s the BJP’s culture to insult women and now its allies are following suit.”

Leader of the Opposition Vijay Wadettiwar also criticised the Shiv Sena (Shinde) leader. “It’s clear how strict you are, Honorable Education Minister. Maharashtra is hearing what you have to say and is also observing your behavior. Will the youngsters who are waiting for jobs tolerate this ‘boss attitude’ of the Education Minister,” he wrote on X (formerly Twitter) while sharing the video.

There are over 60,000 teacher vacancies in Maharashtra. The recruitment process, which began with opening applications for a qualifying exam last December, has still not been completed.

Before the current academic session began, the minister had said that 30,000 teachers would be appointed by June. While that did not happen, the process for recruiting approximately 20,000 teachers is still ongoing.

An online platform for recruitment, Pavitra Portal, was opened in September but advertisements for appointments have still not been put out. Teacher job aspirants have held several protests over the years against the delay and the academic loss to students.





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