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Recruitment autonomy for RKM

The 16 Ramakrishna Mission schools in the state are free to recruit teachers independently from now.

“An ordinance (granting recruitment freedom to the mission schools) was issued today,” chief minister Mamata Banerjee said at Writers’ Buildings on Thursday.

The Ramakrishna Mission schools have been demanding the autonomy for long, the chief minister added.

The schools run by the mission are state-aided and all such schools must recruit teachers through the school service commission in accordance with the West Bengal School Service Commission Act, 1997. The government must get the act amended to allow a school to bypass the commission. “The ordinance amending the act had to be issued as the Assembly is not in session,” said a source.

Mamata had on July 30 promised to pass an ordinance granting recruitment autonomy to mission schools.