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HC stays termination of services of 'unqualified' teachers

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The Thursday stayed the termination of services of teachers who have not passed the Eligibility Test (TET) so far.

It also observed that the teachers would be seriously prejudiced if no interim order was granted as the had not conducted the test in 2018.

A division bench of Justices C V and passed the interim order on a batch of appeals from teachers working in the government and aided schools in Tiruvannamalai and Kallakurichi districts challenging the April 30 order issued by a

The bench also directed the appellant teachers to appear for the test scheduled to be held on June 8 and 9.

It restrained authorities concerned from taking action against them till then and posted the matter for further hearing to June 12.

On Wednesday, the (TRB) had declared that the would be conducted on June 8 and 9.

Justice S M Subramaniam had last month ordered the government to issue a show-cause notice, returnable in two weeks, to all 'unqualified' teachers, who have not cleared the

In respect of implementing the qualifications, there could not be any leniency or misplaced sympathy by the as this would be detrimental to the national educational policy, as well as in the interest of to be imparted to the children, he had said.

The appellants had contended that they did not find any amendment to the RTE Act fixing March 31, 2019 as the dead line for passing the TET, as pointed out by the

In the absence of a date prior to March 31, it is impossible for the appellants to pass the before that date, they had said.

According to the RTE Act, it is mandatory for the primary and upper primary teachers to clear the TET to get employment as secondary grade teachers and BT assistants (graduate teachers).

When the matter came up Thursday, the could not offer any explanation for not conducting the TET in 2018.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 21:01 IST