“Demand for relaxing minimum marks for reserved category in test has gone unheeded”

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday charged Chief Minister Jayalalithaa with giving up the principles of reservation in selection of teachers in Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) conducted by the Teachers Recruitment Board in August 2013.

In a statement, Mr. Karunanidhi said that he demanded relaxation of minimum marks for the reserved category in TET. But, it went unheeded.

Quoting the recent order of National Commission for Scheduled Castes, which asked the State government to initiate action against erring officials responsible for non-implementation of the policy, he said: “The officer concerned would not have acted on his own. Hence, it is evident that the Chief Minister is at fault. Will the Chief Minister accept her fault and compensate backward class people adequately by filling the posts,” he asked.

The State government had fixed 60 per cent as pass mark for all categories in the TET exam. It was against the National Council for Teachers Education guidelines. It also went against the social justice principle of E.V. Ramasamy Periyar and the reservation policy, he added.

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