Yet another recruitment of teachers by the UT Administration has come under the scanner of the Punjab and Haryana High Court.
For allegedly allowing less qualified teachers from Punjab and Haryana to compete for the posts of JBT teachers in Chandigarh,the High Court has asked the UT Administration to explain.
Also,notices have been issued to Punjab,Haryana,National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE); Director,State Institute of Education; and Secretary,Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Society. The notices were issued on a joint petition filed by as many as 53 candidates contesting for the JBT posts.
Issuing notices,the High Court has made it clear that the final claim of the petitioners will be subject to the outcome of the petition filed by them.
The petitioners have demanded setting aside of the decision of Chandigarh Administration for opening and allowing the candidates from Haryana and Punjab who have cleared Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) of their respective states to compete for the posts of JBT teachers on contract basis. An advertisement to this effect was issued by the administration on March 13.
Advocate A P S Shergill,counsel for the petitioners,has submitted that the decision to allow teachers from Punjab and Haryana for the JBT posts is totally contrary to the principles of law and against the basic criteria of appointment that is required to be followed.
Shergill contended that as per rules,the candidates who had cleared the Central Teachers Eligibility Test (CTET) were eligible to compete for the posts of JBT teachers in any Union Territory. The petitioners submitted that teachers from Punjab and Haryana who had cleared TET were less qualified than those who had cleared CTET.
Levelling serious allegations,Shergill said the babus of Chandigarh Administration were trying to accommodate their favourites from Punjab and Haryana in the administration by illegally allowing them to compete for the posts of JBT teachers.
The petitioners have also submitted that the UT Administration has allowed teachers from Punjab and Haryana contrary to the NCTE norms.
Raising an alternative demand,the petitioners have sought directions from the High Court to Haryana and Punjab to allow the CTET candidates to participate in the selection process in their respective states at par with their own state-level TET selection process if their candidates are allowed to compete in the present selection process.
The petitioners have submitted that candidates from Chandigarh are not allowed to compete for JBT posts in Punjab and Haryana since the states emphasise domicile.
Punjab and Haryana governments are not allowing CTET cleared candidates from Chandigarh or other parts of India,because they are following the NCTE rules which UT is not following, read the petition.
The respondents have been given time till the first week of July to respond to the allegations levelled by the petitioners.