All 45,000 Shiksha Mitras who take the exam in UP should be appointed assistant teachers, argued the Supreme Court
It has been argued in the Supreme Court on behalf of Shikshamitras of Uttar Pradesh that about 45000 Shikshamitras sitting in the Assistant Teacher Recruitment Examination should be appointed as Assistant Teachers.
25th July, 2020
On Friday, the Supreme Court, on behalf of Shikshamitras of Uttar Pradesh, said that about 45000 Shikshamitras sitting in the assistant teacher recruitment examination should be appointed as assistant teachers. He says that all have passed the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET). It was also argued that the posts which have been taken out for the recruitment of 69,000 assistant teachers, these were created by the return of the 1,37,500 teachers who were regularized as assistant teachers, making them teachers of education, hence the right of teachers on these posts It is made.
Opposition of UP government
However, the B.Ed. and BTC candidates and the Uttar Pradesh government opposed the petition of Shikshamitras. The Supreme Court has reserved its decision after hearing the arguments of all the parties. This case is about the recruitment of 69,000 assistant teachers posts in Uttar Pradesh. Shiksha Mitras have filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the minimum qualification marks for the recruitment examination to be 65 percent for the general category and 60 percent for the reserved category. They demand that the minimum qualifying marks should be 45 and 40 percent as the pre-recruitment examination.
This argument from teachers
Senior advocate Rajeev Dhawan, appearing for Shikshamitras in the Supreme Court, said that on July 25, 2017, in the Anand Kumar Yadav case, the rule of 1,37,500 Shikshamitras regularized from Shikshamitra to the post of assistant teacher was canceled. After that decision, the Uttar Pradesh government has recruited 68,500 assistant teachers and 69,000 assistant teachers this time. If both the recruitments are combined then the total posts are those which are vacant from Shikshamitras.
Be appointed assistant teacher
Dhawan said that then the recruitment of Shikshamitras was canceled because they were not passing the TET, now almost all 45000 Shikshamitras sitting the ATR exam have passed the TET. So all of them should be appointed assistant teachers. Merit of candidates should be fixed on the remaining seats. But senior counsel Harish Salve, appearing for the B.Ed candidates, opposed these arguments.
Necessity to follow NCTE rule
Harish Salve said that in that decision, while canceling the appointment of Shikshamitras, the court said that they have been given appointment without open recruitment and competition, which is a violation of the right to equality. Salve said that therefore they were 1,37,500 posts of common candidates and not of Shikshamitras. In favor of joining B.Ed in recruitment, Salve said that the rule has been created by NCTE and it is necessary for the states to follow it.
The government argued
On behalf of the Uttar Pradesh government, Aishwarya Bhati and Rakesh Kumar Mishra said that the government is being called anti-Shiksha Mitras, whereas it is not. In the Anand Kumar case, the Supreme Court had given exemption of age and weight for the educationists to join the recruitment. The state government has set the highest weightage for Shiksha Mitras. The court suggested in Bhola Prasad's case in January last that Shikshamitras should be given a score of weightage on four years of experience, while the government has given a weightage of two and a half points on one year of experience to Shikshamitras in this case. No Shikshamitra is less than 10 years of experience, so maximum 25 weightings are fixed.
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