In a move that may shake up the local teaching fraternity, the UT education department has served one-month termination notice to two regular school teachers after the department drew up its a new merit list for social science and found the two ineligible.
“With this, their five-year long appointment will come to an end,” said department sources.
The termination comes after a recent order by the Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) directed the education department to prepare a fresh merit list of the 536 teachers hired in 2009 by deducting the five marks assigned to the descriptive test from the criteria finalised on July 21, 2009.The court found that five marks assigned in the descriptive test were ille g al and against the conditions of the department’s advertisement published in 2007 for these 536 posts.
Under pressure from the high court, the education department prepared a fresh merit list but confined the exercise to social studies, arguing that the writ petition that forced the department to draw up a new list involved petitioners of the social studies subject.
While a total of 50 social science teachers were recruited in 2009, four teachers opted out of the posting in due course. As a result, the new merit list has 54 candidates.
Isha Garg and Shalu Chawala have been given the pink slip, as their names were not among the eligible teachers listed by the education department.
Isha Garg, who was at number 49 in the old list, slid to the 58th position in new list. On the other hand, Shalu Chawala, who was appointed in 2011 through Chandigarh Administrative Tribunal (CAT) order, is now at the 76th position.
While Garg is currently a teacher at Government Model High School, Sector 39, Chawala teaches at GMHS-38.
Replacing them are Savita Devi Sharawat and Arpana Mahajan, who are at number 53 and 54 respectively.
Sources in the department said that Arpana Mahajan has already been appointed while Sharawat, who is currently posted as a lecturer in Haryana, has communicated her appointment. In case Savita does not opt for that job, Sonika Sharma, who is at number 55 in new merit list, will be offered the job.
Sharma currently works as contractual teacher under Sarav Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).
DPI (s) Kamlesh Kumar said that the decision to issue the termination notice to the two teachers was part of the compliance of the recent high court order. “We will also abide by any further orders, if any, on the issue,” he said.
The danger of more terminations, meanwhile, continues to loom large: many face the risk of losing their jobs if the department draws up new merit lists of other subjects.