Petitioners resented being treated on par with unskilled candidates

The Calcutta High Court on Thursday issued a stay here on the recruitment of primary teachers in State-run schools. Altogether, 54,000 vacancies were on offer, for which approximately 55 lakh applications poured in.

A group of trained applicants had challenged the recruitment process, pointing out that the recruitment wasn’t in accordance with the provisions laid down by the National Council for Teachers’ Education (NCTE).

Justice Debasish Kar Gupta issued a stay on the recruitment process and sought an affidavit from the petitioners, who were trained candidates, as well as the State government. The petitioners resented being treated on par with unskilled candidates.

Referring to the relaxation allowed by the NCTE to the State for filling up vacant posts with untrained people, Mr. Subrata Mukherjee, counsel for the petitioners, submitted that such a practice could be adopted only if an adequate number of trained candidates wasn’t found.

“By making the recruitment process open to both trained and untrained teachers, the State government, as well as the West Bengal Primary Education Board has violated the provision of the NCTE,” he said.

There are approximately 14,000 trained candidates in the State, and once they were taken in, recruitment for the remaining 40,000 posts could have been opened to all untrained candidates, Mr. Mukherjee said.

The West Bengal Primary Education Board had issued an advertisement for the recruitment of primary teachers on October 19, and the examination was scheduled later during the month. The decision comes as a blow to the Trinamool Congress government, which was keen to complete the recruitment before the rural polls scheduled next year.


  • 54,000 vacancies were on offer, for which approximately 55 lakh applications poured in

  • Some applicants challenged process, saying recruitment wasn’t in accordance NCTE provisions