The Supreme Court on Monday came down heavily on appointments of ad hoc teachers for government schools in various states,noting such a hiring without requirement of minimum qualifications was not only shocking but was also against the spirit of the Right To Education Act.
Once we have implemented Article 21A (right to education),can we allow such system? Our main concern is the quality of education. We are very serious about the kind of education we are imparting to the children. We may spoil the entire education system by appointing ad hoc teachers,who do not have proper qualification, a Bench of Justices B S Chauhan and Dipak Misra said.
While hearing an appeal by the Gujarat government against an HC order on service conditions of ad hoc teachers appointed for primary schools,the Bench said that such a recourse to temporary arrangements hampered the entire education system of the country.
A populist principality cannot spoil the future of the the country. Such things are shocking. How do you bring such policies when there is Article 21A. There are such appointments in Uttar Pradesh also. These Shiksha Sahayaks (helpers) are Shiksha shatrus (enemies), lamented the Bench. It also pointed to the disparity in wages and service conditions of such ad hoc teachers in various states,saying that they were provided less than one-forth salary given to the regular teachers,in turn giving rise to disgruntlement and litigation.
The Bench directed the state government to put on record the details pertaining to educational qualification and appointment of such teachers.