Stop deploying teachers in document verification for BPSC exam: Bihar chief secy to DMs

BPSC plans to announce teacher recruitment results by Sept end

Bihar Chief Secretary Amir Subhani has asked District Magistrates (DMs) not to engage school teachers and employees of the state Education department for document verification work of candidates who appeared for the ‘School Teacher Recruitment (2023) examination conducted by Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC).

It has come to notice that employees of the Education department and government school teachers are being engaged in document verification work of candidates who appeared for the ‘school teacher recruitment (2023) examination’. They (education department employees) are also engaged in the scanning of the OMR sheets by the district administration at different centres. This practice needs to be immediately stopped by the district administration and employees of the education department should not be engaged in these works,” Subhani said in a letter addressed to all DMs of the state.

The education department had also pointed out earlier that it was not against the recruitment rules to deploy teachers during the process of recruiting 170,000 teachers in the state.

BPSC conducted Bihar’s biggest school teacher recruitment examination for 1,70,461 school teacher posts from August 24 to August 26. More than 800,000 aspirants appeared in the examination at 870 centres across the state. The document verification process of the candidates has been going on since September 5 and was expected to continue till September 12.

In its letter on Tuesday, the education department told BPSC that the engagement of education department officials and teachers was “neither acceptable nor in the interest of education”.

The department also faulted the BPSC decision to conduct the verification at this stage. It said the verification of documents needs to be done prior to issuing appointment letters. “Therefore, there is no logic to deploy officials and teachers for document verification in all the districts in contravention to the rules, without the recommendation of successful candidates,” the department said.

BPSC plans to announce the results later this month.

Further, he said that employees of other departments could be engaged in these activities but not teachers and education department officials.

A letter objecting to the engagement of teachers and other employees in these activities has also been received from the state Education department.

Commenting on the CS letter to all DMs, Raju Singh, convener of the TET Primary Teachers’ Association told news agency PTI on Thursday, “We have been demanding right from the beginning that the government should immediately stop engaging school teachers in non-teaching activities, including election-related work or verification of documents.”

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