The passage of the “Regularisation of Services of Guest Teachers and Teachers engaged under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Bill 2017” has become the latest flashpoint between the Delhi government and Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. The bill was passed by the Assembly earlier this month, though Baijal had written to the government asking them not to introduce the Bill as it was “not in accordance with the constitutional scheme of governance”. The Bill, which intends to give weightage to guest teachers of Delhi government schools during the appointment process, is awaiting Baijal’s approval.
Baijal Wednesday wrote to Education Minister Manish Sisodia and said the Bill has not yet been presented to him with the requisite reports as is required, and it would not be correct to say that the Bill is pending his consideration. In his letter, Baijal also said, “A solution to this problem can only be found within the relevant laws, rules and procedures rather than public posturing.”
“Administrative Department was requested repeatedly… to examine the proposal of granting weightage in recruitment to the guest teachers in consultation with the Law Department and urgently re-submit the same… This has not been done so far,” the letter stated. Sisodia, however, said the delay in passing the Bill has led to deteriorating conditions of government schools due to interference from the L-G’s office.
“I have come to know that you have ordered the Directorate of Education to advertise the teacher’s vacancies, without giving the guest teachers a path to regularisation… the Chief Secretary has sent the file on regularisation of guest teachers without either showing it to the Law Minister or the Education Minister… I am told that your office has given strict instructions that no file regarding the issue of teacher have to be shown to the elected government,” said the letter. Sisodia added that regularisation of teachers is an important education reform.