Special Correspondent

Recruitments were to be on the basis of written examination

CHENNAI: Recruitment of school teachers through written examination as stipulated in the July 26 order of the Teacher Recruitment Board (TRB) was stayed by the Madras High Court on Friday. The impugned notification invited applications for vacancies in schools.

Justice P. Jyothimani granted the interim stay on a writ petition filed by K. Indirani of Coimbatore. He also ordered notices to the Education Secretary, Director of School Education and the TRB, returnable in two weeks.

The petitioner, who had registered with the employment exchange in 1985, contended that the notification contemplated a change in selection procedure. Teachers were to be recruited on the basis of a written examination. She sought to dispense with the written examination on the ground that the new method would deprive her and other similarly placed candidates of their selection.

Pointing out that no written examination was required to appoint college lecturers, the petitioner said making it mandatory for schoolteachers alone would be violative of the fundamental right to equality enshrined in the Constitution. She said an employment exchange was a recognised source for sponsoring candidates to fill vacancies in Government and aided schools. Short-listing candidates solely on the basis of written examination would leave candidates, who had completed the courses many years ago, greatly prejudiced.

Seeking a stay on the operation of the impugned notification, she prayed for a direction to the authorities to dispense with written examination for filling teachers' vacancies in schools.