The Apex court on Friday has allowed the Haryana government to continue employing its 15,000 (approx) guest teachers on various posts in schools for the next 332 days till the posts are filled by regular school cadre teachers/lecturers.
The case had come up for hearing before the bench comprising justice Altamas Kabir and justice SS Nijhar. The state had approached the Supreme Court against the Punjab and Haryana high court's judgement dated March 15 in which the high court had dismissed state government's request for grant of further six months time beyond March 31 to complete the selection process of regular school cadre teachers/lecturers in the state. The high court in its orders had directed the Haryana staff selection commission to complete the course of action without any delay.
With this order the state government was in a fix as the guest teachers, who feared losing their jobs, had started protesting and on the other hand around one lakh candidates, who had qualified Haryana Teachers Eligibility Test (HTET), demanded for the recruitment of regular teachers to begin and for the removal of guest teachers who had allegedly got a back door entry since 2005.
These candidates had threatened to intensity their protests from April 1 if the state government failed to comply with their demands.
The high court in its earlier orders dated March 30 last year had directed the state government that the state should appoint regular school teachers before March 31, 2012 and no further extension shall be given to the guest teachers working on contract basis since December 2005. Beyond March 31, 2012 their term shall come to an end.
It was also ordered that after April 1, 2011 there would be no further appointment of guest teachers and if there was any shortfall, the same shall be met by the state by rotating the existing teachers and the selection process shall be strictly adhered.