Staff Reporter

Recruitment process of secondary grade teachers based on district wise seniority also stayed

Violative of Article 14 of Constitution

Plea for common seniority list made

MADURAI: The Madras High Court on Friday stayed the operation of a Government Order issued on November 15 to appoint 7,223 secondary grade teachers and 63 physical education teachers in panchayat, municipality, corporation and government schools functioning across the State.

Admitting a writ petition filed before the Madurai Bench, Justice N. Paul Vasanthakumar also stayed the proceedings of the Director of Elementary Education instructing district elementary education officers to begin the recruitment process by following district wise seniority in employment exchanges.

In another case, the Judge recalled, he had already stayed a 1996 Government Order that stipulated appointment through district wise seniority as it was violative of Article 14 (equality before law) of the Constitution.

Mr. Justice Vasanthakumar prima facie agreed that in some districts, candidates who had registered in 2006 were called for interview, whereas in other districts people were waiting for a job since 1987.

Petitioner’s counsel Isaac Mohanlal said the disparity could be avoided only if the appointments were made through a common seniority list for the entire State.

Claiming that the vacancies for the post of higher secondary head master, high school headmasters and graduate assistants were filled up through the State seniority list, counsel said that “there was no reason why the posts of secondary grade teachers alone should be made district wise.”