Having come under the scanner for allegedly allowing less qualified teachers from Punjab and Haryana to compete for the posts of JBT teachers in Chandigarh,the Chandigarh Administration has withdrawn the advertisement. It informed the High Court about this on Monday during the resumed hearing of a joint petition filed by candidates contesting for the JBT posts.
Counsel for UT Administration today informed the High Court that the advertisement has been withdrawn and that a fresh advertisement will soon be issued. Recording this submission,the petition filed by the candidates was rendered infructuous. Newsline was the first to report,on May 28,that the recruitment of the teachers had come under the scanner of the High Court. The High Court,on the last date of hearing,had sought an explanation from the UT Administration on the issue.
Also,notices had been issued to Punjab,Haryana,the 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 had made it clear that the final claim of the petitioners will be subject to the outcome of the petition filed by them.
Arguing for the petitioners,Advocate A P S Shergill had 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 had 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 had contended that according to the 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 had submitted that teachers from Punjab and Haryana who had cleared the TET were less qualified than those who had cleared the CTET.
When asked the reason for the withdrawal of the advertisement,DPI (Schools),Upkar Singh,refused to comment over the matter. The matter is subjudice. In that case,I am not in a position to comment over it.