Future of 2,000 PGTs hangs in balance

Despite holding the exam to hire teachers twice, the government has failed to complete the process

Published: 10th December 2016 10:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 11th December 2016 09:31 AM   |  A+A-

The process to recruit 200 teachers was initiated in 2012

NEW DELHI: While the Delhi government is busy with the appraisals of contractual teachers, as many as 2,000 applicants, who took the PGT (Hindi) recruitment exam twice, are waiting to get jobs in Delhi government schools for the past four years.

Applicants have been running from pillar to post to get their results. Even after multiple reminders from the Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia’s office, the Defunct Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB)—the conducts the exam—has not replied either to the applicants or the deputy CM’s office.

The process of recruiting PGT (Hindi) teachers started in 2012. The Congress-led Delhi government introduced two-tier exam system and advertised to fill vacancies. The first-tier exam was taken in 2014, while the main exam was held after almost a year. But as the DSSSB prepared the question paper from one book, the exam was cancelled. In June 2016, DSSSB conducted the exam again, along with the exam for recruiting physical education teachers.

Harsh Chaudhary, who appeared for Hindi PGT exam, said, “The Board has not been able to declare the result of one exam in four years. Now, most of us are over aged and if the government cancels this exam, we won't be eligible to take the exam again. The government has ruined our future.”
Interestingly, three heads of DSSSB, including Rajender Kumar, who was shunted after the CBI filed case against him, have joined and left the board chairman's post in the past eight months. On November 29, Lieutenant Governor appointed Ashish Chandra Verma as board chairman.

Applicants claimed that the board had no designated head till now, as the post is considered to be shunted.
“We are making rounds of Deputy CM and DSSSB office, but no one is answering as to when the results will be announced. Manish Sisodia's office had also sent multiple reminders to DSSSB but to no avail. The latest, reminder was sent in November,” Harsh said. So far, the board has not even released the answer key.
Sisodia could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.
In ideal scenario, the board advertises for vacancies in January and wraps up the recruitment process within eight months.  


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