Allahabad High Court stays issuance of eligibility certificates to UPTET qualified B.Ed degree holders

The Allahabad High Court has stayed the issuance of eligibility certificates to B.Ed degree holders who have passed the Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (UPTET).

A Single Bench of Justice Siddharth passed this order while hearing a petition filed by Prateek Mishra And 4 Others.

The writ petition has been filed praying for direction to the respondent no 3 not to declare the result of B.Ed qualified candidates, who appeared in the Uttar Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (Primary Level), 2021, which was held on 23.01.2022 in the first meeting, in light of the fact that B.Ed degree holders have been declared ineligible for appointment to the post of Assistant Teacher in primary schools (Classes I to V) by the Rajasthan High Court on 25.11.2021, rendering declaration of their result futile.

The Petitioners No 1 and 2 have Diploma in Elementary Education (D. El. Ed.) degrees and Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) certificate and Petitioners No 3 to 5 have cleared Basic Teacher Certificate (BTC) (correspondence) and Teacher Eligibility Test ( TET). All the petitioners are qualified to apply for the Assistant Teachers in Junior Basic Schools as per National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) Notifications.

Taniya Pandey, Counsel for the petitioner submitted that, by virtue of Notification of the NCTE dated 06/28/2018, B.Ed candidates, who were earlier ineligible for appointment to the post of Assistant Teacher in primary schools (classes I to V) were made “eligible, subject to acquiring eligibility.

The notification dated 06/28/2018 was challenged before the Rajasthan High Court in Rajendra Singh Chotiya & another v The National Council for Teachers Education & others.

The Court noted that

Rajasthan High Court, Judgment dated 25.11.2021, passed in the aforesaid case, set aside the Notification dated 28.06.2018 and held that B.Ed degree holders could not be eligible for appointment to the post of Teacher at the primary school level (classes I to V).

Rajasthan High Court concluded that the aforesaid Notification dated 06/28/2018 was unlawful because:

“(a) it is under the direction of the Central Government, which power the Central Government under Subsection (1) of Section 23 of the RTE Act did not have; other

(b) it is not in exercise of power of the Central Government under Sub-section (2) of Section 23 of RTE Act relaxing the eligibility criteria prescribed by the NCTE, nor has there been any exercise for ascertaining existence of the conditions precedent for exercising such power.”

It has been submitted that in the State of UP, the state government has not considered the judgment of the Rajasthan High Court and the results of the examination of UPTET have been declared on 25.02.2022 and certificates are about to be distributed to the selected candidates .

Counsel for the petitioner further submitted that it is for the state government to issue appropriate notification.

“In the counter affidavit filed on behalf of the respondent no 3, it has been admitted that the notification dated 26.06.2018 has been quashed by the Rajasthan High Court and if any notification is made in accordance with the aforesaid judgment the same shall be complied .

The Standing Counsel will seek instructions in this regard as to whether any notification has been issued in the state of UP as per the judgment of the Rajasthan High Court noted above.

Till the next date, no certificate shall be issued in favor of the candidates who have qualified the UPTET (Primary level) Examination, 2021, which was held on 23.01.2022″, the order reads.

The Court has fixed the next hearing of the petition on May 16, 2022.

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