A person with hearing impairment has moved the Madras High Court seeking a direction to authorities to reserve one per cent of the total vacancies in the post of Secondary Grade Teacher for hearing-impaired candidates. She also sought a consequent direction to appoint her in the post.

In her petition, S. Priyanka of Sachiyapuram in Sivakasi stated that she had registered with the employment exchange. There was an announcement in April this year that 1,743 Secondary Grade Teachers would to be appointed based on employment seniority in 2010. Three per cent of the vacancies would be reserved for the hearing impaired, blind and the orthopaedically disabled.

When she enquired with the authorities, she was informed that hearing impaired candidates would not be sponsored for the post and only the blind and orthopaedically disabled candidates would be considered.

The petitioner said the authorities' action was unreasonable, arbitrary and discriminatory. It was against the principles of natural justice. She sent a representation dated May 1. In the order, Justice D. Hariparanthaman said that in view of an earlier order of a Division Bench, there was a direction to reserve one percentage of Secondary Grade Teachers post for the hearing impaired. He ordered notice and posted the matter for June 8.