Punjab

B.ED PASSED CANDIDATES SEEKS TEN LAC EACH FOR SET BACK TO CARRIER FOR NOT CONDUCTING TET EXAMINATION

November 02, 2017 03:56 PM

Petitioners have leveled serious allegations against the Punjab Government that it has tried to placate the TET pass and Subject Pass candidates, who had been agitating for last several months, and one of their demands was that fresh recruitment process for post of Master cadre in various subjects be initiated immediately, without conducting PSTET for year 2017, so that only they may be selected, and no new candidates may enter the zone of consideration by acquiring qualification of PSTET.

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Petition filed by B.Ed. pass candidates against the State of Punjab for not conducting TET Examination for the year-2017-Petitioners seek compensation @ Rs.10 lakh each for set back to their career:

A civil writ petition filed by Gurtej Singh and 3 other unemployed persons, seeking a direction to the State Government to pay compensation to them @ Rs.10 lakh to each of them, for causing set back to their career by not conducting the PSTET examination for the year-2017 so far.

The petitioners have stated that under NCTE Guidelines, the State of Punjab has to hold Teachers Eligibility Test atleast once in a year. A person who does not possess a certificate of passing such PSTET, cannot be appointed as a teacher even if he possesses all other educational qualifications like BA/B.Sc. and B. Ed etc. However, the State of Punjab, which conducted last PSTET for year 2016 on 25.9.2016 has deliberately not conducted next test for year-2017 till date, which should have been conducted on or before 25.9.2017.

The petitioners have leveled serious allegations against the Punjab Government that it has tried to placate the TET pass and Subject Pass candidates, who had been agitating for last several months, and one of their demands was that fresh recruitment process for post of Master cadre in various subjects be initiated immediately, without conducting PSTET for year 2017, so that only they may be selected, and no new candidates may enter the zone of consideration by acquiring qualification of PSTET.

Those TET pass and Subject pass teachers had climbed up a water tankey at Sohana, and threatened to commit suicide. The Chief Minister also held a meeting with their leaders, and also negotiated with them through his Political Secretary, Captain Sandeep Sandhu, and eventually decided to accept their unjustified demand. Soon thereafter, 3582 vacancies of Masters cadre were advertised in September, 2017, with last date for submission of applications being prescribed as 6.10.2017. The petitioners were thus, rendered ineligible for participating for recruitment to these posts. The loss suffered by petitioners cannot be compensated at this stage even if PSTET is held now. Thus, the petitioners have prayed for grant of compensation to them.

Taking a serious view of the matter, the Highcourt Bench comprising Justice Rajan Gupta orally directed the Counsel for petitioners to hand over a copy of paper book to Additional Advocate General, Mr. Sethi, and also asked Mr. Sethi to assist the Court on 10.11.2017 next date of hearing).

Earlier High Court Bench of Justice Daya Chaudhary had issued contempt notices for 15.12.2017 to Krishan Kumar, Secretary Education, Punjab and Paramjit Singh, Director Public Instructions (Secondary Education), Punjab for not conducting TET-2017.

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