Delhi

HC tells govt to fill up 33,000 posts for teachers

NEW DELHI, 06/08/2016: Class in progress at the Government run Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, in New Delhi on Saturday.  
Photo: V. Sudershan

NEW DELHI, 06/08/2016: Class in progress at the Government run Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya, in New Delhi on Saturday. Photo: V. Sudershan

Anguished over the fact that there are around 33,000 posts for teachers lying vacant in municipal and government schools in the city, the Delhi High Court on Tuesday directed the authorities to take “immediate remedial measures”.

“In a country with such a high rate of unemployment, how can 33,000 vacancies be not filled up?” Justice Manmohan asked the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB), the Directorate of Education (DoE) and the civic bodies.

The court asked the director of the DSSSB to convene a meeting on April 27 to come up with an action plan on how to fill up the vacancies and directed that the minutes of the meeting be filed before it on the next date of hearing i.e. May 16.

Primary school teachers

It asked the authorities to first focus on filling up the vacancies of trained graduate teachers and assistant grade primary school teachers which, according to the Delhi government, account for 50% of the total vacancies.

It also directed the three corporations and the DoE to send requisitions for all vacant teaching posts to the DSSSB within three weeks.

No principals

The court also asked the DoE to explain on the next date of hearing why teaching staff have been deputed for court work and the reason for the over 400 vacant posts of principals in Delhi government schools.

The Union Public Service Commission told the court it has not received any requisition with regard to the vacant principal posts.

The directions came during the hearing of a contempt plea filed by NGO, Social Jurist, which has alleged “deliberate and intentional disobedience” by the Delhi government of the High Court’s orders to ensure zero vacancy at the commencement of each academic year.

Guest teachers

During the hearing, the court also questioned the manner in which guest teachers were being recruited and whether they fulfilled the eligibility criteria.

The DoE said all guest teachers who are recruited meet the minimum qualifications required for the post.


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