It is learnt that nearly 200 Junior basic teachers(JBT) , working on contract under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan in Chandigarh government schools, have been selected as primary teachers in Haryana.
They were picked up from the final result for selection of around 9,650 junior basic teachers (JBT) posts, released by Haryana School Teachers Selection Board (HSTSB).
However, their final appointment letter is subject to the direction of the verification of all the candidates as ordered by the Punjab and Haryana High court in recent hearing earlier this month.
According to the order issued by the division bench headed by acting chief justice Ashutosh Mohunta on August 6, the Haryana government would issue appointment letters only after carrying out technical formalities of verifying thumb impression, signature and photographs of all candidates from the records of Haryana Teachers Eligibility Test (HTET) to rule out the possibility of any candidate clearing HTET with the help of impersonators.
One more petition is pending in this appointment case, filed by those candidates who cleared the HTET, after the advertisement of these posts, appeared on November 2012. The demand is to include them in the list of selected teachers as well.
It is mandatory for a candidate to clear HTET examination in order to apply for JBT jobs in the state.
Nonetheless, local students who got selected in the final merit list are hopeful that a decision would be taken in their favour soon in this matter.
A teacher of a local government school, Anupam, said all those who got selected in the merit list in Haryana had a fair chance of receiving the appointment letter due to their credibility and level of merit.
“Even if the selection list is modified due to entry of the 2013 Haryana Teachers Eligibility Test candidates, only those at the bottom of the merit list will be affected,” he added.
Arvind Rana, president of the UT SSA Teachers Federation, said the selection of over 200 teachers from Chandigarh in Haryana was an alarm-ing sign for the education department.
After the issuance of the appointment letter, most of those selected were expected to leave that job, which would directly affect the student-teacher ratio here.
He asked the department to expedite their regularisation issue because once the SSA teachers get the permanent posting here, they would not look for job elsewhere.
Nearly 200 out of 1,379 sanctioned posts under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), UT, are currently vacant. Out of this, more than 100 teachers have resigned for better opportunities in neighbouring states including Punjab and Haryana.
The SSA recruitment in Chandigarh is a contractual job unlike other states in the country, where SSA teachers are recruited on permanent basis.
Officials said that regular appointments in Haryana, Punjab and other states have led UT’s SSA teachers to leave the job.
SSA teachers in Chandi-garh have been seeking regularisation of jobs for last several years but the matter is still awaiting a green signal from the local administration as well as the central government.
Recently the matter was sent to the central government for sanction under regular appointment but the ministry did not give a green signal.
Meanwhile, DPI (s) Kamlesh Kumar said the department had no information of SSA teachers being selected in Haryana.