Court Order To Regularize Illegally Appointed Teachers: The Allahabad High Court ordered the UP Govt to regularize almost 1.76 lakh teachers appointed in violation with rules and regulations
The Allahabad High Court on Saturday declared the appointment of 1.76 lakh contractual teachers (Shiksha Mitras) in primary school as illegal across Uttar Pradesh and ordered the state Govt to regularize them and appoint them as Assistant Teachers.
The amendments brought in the State education department’s rules whereby nearly 1.71 lakh contractual teachers, popularly known as Shiksha Mitras were being regularized has also been quashed by a special three-judge bench, comprising Chief Justice D. Y. Chandrachud, Justice Dilip Gupta and Justice Yashwant Verma.
In order to handle the shortage of teachers at the primary school level, especially in the rural areas, the shiksha mitras were appointed under a 1999 scheme of the state government as a quick-fix method.
In order to grab political mileage the Samaj Wadi Party government had sought to give the shiksha mitras government jobs as assistant teachers.
However, the decision of SP was opposed by teachers who had passed the teachers’ eligibility test (TET), prescribed by the National Council for Technical Education (NCTE) as a mandatory qualification in the High Court as there were very few teachers among the shiksha mitras who had this qualification.
The argument of TET qualified teachers was upheld by Alahabad High court which ruled in favour of the TET-passed teachers. But, the state government appealed the matter in the Supreme Court, which in turn asked the High Court to settle the matter.
The High Court made it clear that the ‘shiksha mitras’ did not have the requisite qualification and thus could not be absorbed in government service as regular teachers.