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SSA society Chandigarh ignore UT candidates

The candidates from the city appearing for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) in May will not be able to apply for the 653 posts of junior basic teachers advertised after 3years by Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan society (SSA), Chandigarh as the deadline is April 3.

chandigarh Updated: Mar 23, 2012 21:55 IST
Eileen Singh

The candidates from the city appearing for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) in May will not be able to apply for the 653 posts of junior basic teachers advertised after 3years by Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan society (SSA), Chandigarh as the deadline is April 3.

CTET was scheduled to be held in January but due to the Punjab elections was rescheduled for May. "If the examination would have been as scheduled then our result would have been out and we could've also applied, is it our fault? The posts have come out after 2009 and now we cannot apply," said Sunny Garewal, who is sitting for the examination this year.

But, the problem does not end for those who passed the test last year as the posts have been opened to Punjab and Haryana candidates also who can apply on the basis of their state examinations. "Their state examinations are relatively easier than ours.

We being from a union territory have to sit for the central examination which is the best one. I have passed it but now with the posts open for candidates from the states, who score better marks, our chances of getting through have become slimmer," complained Anshu, who passed her CTET exams in 2011.

"When the posts for teachers are out in the other states they give first preference to their own residents, then why all this drama with us?" said Harsimran Kaur, who also passed her CTET exam last year. The students are raising the question that when the states give priority to their residents why can't the same be done for UT candidates.

Chanchal Singh, deputy director school education, and project coordinator of SSA, when asked about the eligibility of the other states, said, "Chandigarh is the capital of these states and all those who have scored well in the exam will get the post. We cannot wait for everyone to fill the vacancies, the schools need teachers."

But the students who are taking the test in May are worried for they might have to wait much longer for an opportunity like this which has come after 3 years

Meanwhile there are SSA teachers who have raised the question whether the recruitment rules have been approved by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). "These rules are not approved by the NCTE which is the governing body.

They need to show us the papers, or else we will file a writ. They should also give preference to the UT candidates over others," said an SSA teacher on the grounds of anonymity.

Singh on this question said, "We are a society and we can make our own rules, however we consulted the rules from NCTE before making them." "It is for the administration to decide how to act responsibly and recruit eligible people who have the capability of shaping the future of the city's children," said Mannat Kaur from the city, who has applied for the vacancy.