Hc Vacates Stay, Pb Can Now Appoint 6,635 Ett Teachers | Chandigarh News

Chandigarh: Paving the way for the appointment of teachers to 6,635 Elementary Teacher Training (ETT) posts in Punjab, the Punjab and Haryana high court has permitted the state government to complete the selection process. The HC, however, made it clear that the appointments would be subject to the final outcome of the petition, as the matter is yet to be decided by the HC. The Supreme Court too is hearing a matter regarding the appointment of ETT teachers.
There was a stay on these appointments since October 29, 2021. However, candidates possessing a B Ed degree would not be considered for appointment on these posts. The issue before the HC was that if the state can go ahead with the selection that has not included those possessing B Ed degrees as prescribed by the National Council of Teachers Education (NCTE) through its notification dated June 28, 2018. The NCTE notification has been recently set aside by the Rajasthan high court and the issue is now pending before the Supreme Court.
“There was an undertaking by the authorities not to finalize the appointments. The same was on the basis that there was a notification dated June 28, 2018, issued by the NCTE whereby candidates holding B Ed degree eligibility had become eligible and could not be denied consideration. Once the notification itself has been quashed by a court of competent jurisdiction, the written petitions which have been filed on the strength of the said notification and seeking relief for the said set of candidates, the interim order, in such circumstances, is not liable to be continued,” observed the high court.
A division bench comprising Justice GS Sandhawalia and Justice Vikas Suri passed these orders while hearing a bunch of petitions on the issue.
The petitioners possessing B Ed degrees had moved the high court for considering them eligible for the post of ETT teachers. The petitioners were aggrieved on account of the fact that the state, while initiating the process for filling up posts for ETT cadre teachers in accordance with the advertisement dated July 30, 2021, had excluded B Ed degree candidates from participation in the selection process.
The main grouse of the petitioners is that candidates with “graduation and two-year ETT training course/two-year diploma in elementary education” have been considered eligible for appointment as ETT teachers, however, candidates like the petitioners with educational qualifications of “graduation and B Ed” were excluded from the selection process.
The petitioners, however, argued that those having B Ed degrees should also be made eligible for ETT posts in accordance with the NCTE guidelines.
The petitioners relied upon notification dated June 28, 2018, issued by NCTE whereby B Ed was laid down as a qualification for recruitment to ETT.

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