Says it is up to the Government to solve the issue

“There was no point in challenging a 1996 G.O.”

MADURAI: Craft teachers not holding a diploma in teacher education cannot be equated with secondary-grade teachers, and consequently promoted to higher positions unless necessary amendments are made to the Tamil Nadu Education Subordinate Service Rules, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has ruled.

Dismissing a writ petition filed by the Tamil Nadu Technical Teachers’ Association, Justice K. Chandru said there was no point in challenging a 1996 Government Order, which prohibited such teachers from being promoted, because “the association cannot overcome the insurmountable difficulties they will have to undergo in facing the Service Rules.”

The judge said that in 1994, the Government ordered the conversion of part-time craft teachers without diploma into full-time teachers after they underwent a three-month training programme.

Temporary appointment

Then they were permitted to be appointed temporarily to secondary-grade posts, on a time-scale of pay, against the existing vacancies.

Subsequently, the 1996 G.O. imposed restrictions.

Again in 1997, the Government passed another order that the craft teachers be absorbed in the posts of secondary-grade teachers, after amending the Service Rules.

But nothing transpired thereafter and the rules were not amended so far.

Contention

On the association’s contention that its members were qualified to become secondary-grade teachers as they had undergone necessary training, Justice Chandru said, “This court cannot examine whether the nature of syllabus and the tests undertaken by the members of the petitioner association are equal to the diploma in teacher education obtained by other secondary-grade teachers.”

It was for the Government to amend the Rules.

The Court could not undertake such an exercise by exercising the writ jurisdiction, he added.

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