OBSERVING THAT the interests of students is paramount, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Tuesday allowed the Haryana government to engage the 3,500 guest teachers, whose service have been terminated after they were deemed ‘surplus’, till March 31. The court, however, made it clear that this is a stop-gap arrangement.
The division bench comprising Justices S K Mittal and Shekher Dhawan also directed the state government to frame modalities for engaging the terminated teachers and file a detailed affidavit by November 20 after which the high court would give its final nod. The court also made it clear to the state government that it should make all endeavour to fill vacant posts of school teachers on regular basis by March 31, 2016.
“It would be purely a stop-gap arrangement and any engagement made under this order shall be vaild till March 31, 2016,” the court ruled, It added that these teachers would be paid a consolidated salary of Rs 20,000 per month. It also ordered the state government to give first preference to terminated “surplus” guest teachers and if some of them are not coming forward for appointments, then the state government can consider other persons. “This arrangement is being made to cope with particular situation to watch children’s interest,” the court said.
The orders came during the hearing of an appeal filed by one Sunil Kumar against the order of single judge bench of the high court passed on July 6. The single judge bench had cleared that appointment of “surplus” guest faculty teachers in Haryana was a stop-gap arrangement which does not confer any right to continue indefinitely and such teachers cannot be permitted to “foist upon the state” by seeking intervention of the court.
The state government informed the court that advertisement for recruitment of regular 8,394 PGTs and TGTs was issued in June for which around 1.50 lakh applications have been received. Written examination for the posts would be conducted in December and January next year for which the dates are yet to be finalised by the Haryana Staff Selection Commission.
The state government informed the court that as on date there are 9,756 guest teachers as 3,561 “surplus” guest teachers were removed on high court’s directions between June 11 and 15. It was also submitted that in 2010, there were a total number of 15,808 guest teachers in schools across the state.