HC order on teacher merit list puts education dept in a fix

  • Vivek Gupta, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 18, 2014 12:08 IST

A recent order by the Punjab and Haryana high court (HC) that directed the education department to prepare a fresh merit list of the 536 teachers hired in 2009, on the basis of the revised criteria, seems to have opened the Pandora’s Box for the department.

The court recently found out that five marks assigned in the descriptive test were illegal and the new merit list was to be prepared by deducting those five marks from the criteria, finalised on July 21, 2009.

Ashok Yadav, a candidate, recently submitted a representation in the Directorate of Public Instruction (Schools) office, claiming appointment as trained graduate teacher (TGT) mathematics on the basis of revised criteria set by the HC.
He insisted that the department prepare a fresh merit list for teaching posts for mathematics because according to the revised criteria, he was now eligible for
the regular appointment.

This representation might escalate the department’s problems, which has been so far shying away from preparing merit lists for all subjects, even as the court has specifically directed it to do so.

The department has so far prepared a new merit list for posts for social studies only.

It argued that the writ petition that forced the department to revise the criteria and draw a new list involved petitioners of this subject only.
The department has already served termination at a month’s notice to two regular school teachers after the department redrew its fresh merit list for social studies and found the two ineligible.

However, according to sources, the department would not touch the merit list of other subjects unless it was directed to do so by the court’s order.

“As for the merit lists of other subjects is concerned, we will certainly adhere to any further court order, if any, on this issue,” Kamlesh Kumar, director of public instruction (schools), recently told HT.

Yadav, on the other hand, has already made up his mind to move a petition in the Chandigarh administrative tribunal next week.

He is expecting a favorable order regarding his regular appointment.
Meanwhile, many serving teachers of 2009 batch are in a lurch demanding that the department take a lenient view of the issue.

A school teacher, wishing to remain anonymous, said the department must absorb those teachers who were likely to get terminated by virtue of a fresh list.
“If it doesn’t do so, disqualified teachers would have no option but to knock on the court’s doors for justice,” he added.

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