Even as the state is struggling to improve its primary education sector through various schemes, aspirants for the Diploma in Elementary Education will have to score a meagre 49.5% in HSC to be eligible for admission to the course.
The Maharashtra State Council for Education Research and Training has decided to conduct a special round of admissions for vacant seats in government colleges that offer the course.
Experts say that until teaching becomes a lucrative job, no high-scoring student will take up the profession and primary education will continue to suffer.
“The government simply wants to fill up positions.They are not concerned about the quality of candidates coming in to teach. They do not understand that, in future, these people will teach the most important segment in education sector, which is primary education,“ Kedar Takalkar, an educationist, said.
There are about 949 colleges that offer the course in the state. The intake capacity in government aided colleges is above 40,000 while that in private colleges is about 20,000.
As yet, only about 10,000 seats have been filled in government-aided colleges, which means about 30,000 seats remain vacant. The number of vacant seats is about 4,000 more than the vacancy last year.
“We need to make good schools with excellent infrastructure so that young people would want to work there. The teachers' salary increment should be based on the learning level of their students. An independent authority should check the level of understanding in schools apart from the conventional methods,“ Matin Mujawar, an education activist, said.
However, things will remain the same for now. Chairman of state-level Diploma in Elementary Education admission process committee Sunil Magar in a statement said, “Admissions will be on first-come-first-served basis.Online applications for the fifth round can be filled from August 12-16.“