MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of Madras High Court ordered notice to School Education Department Secretary on a contempt petition, in regard to the appointment of Teachers with Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) qualification.
Inbakumar from Rajapalayam, in his petition, stated that on August 23, 2010, the School Education Department issued a notification stating that the teachers appointed in the government and aided schools after August 23, 2010, should clear the TET to continue in the jobs.
Challenging this, several writ petitions were filed and in pursuant to the same, the High Court directed the teachers to clear the TET exams within March 2015.
While so, in pursuant to the earlier notification, the School Education Department issued another notification on July 29, 2011, again asking the aided schools to recruit teachers only with the TET qualification.
Therefore, contending that the teachers who are appointed after August 23, 2010 and before July 29, 2011, shall not be forced to clear the TET, the petitioner approached the court. Allowing his plea, the court directed the School Education Department to consider his plea on merits within three months.
As this being the position, the petitioner again approached the court, by filing a contempt petition stating that the School Education Department forcing them to clear the TET and also instead of allowing the candidates with any degree with BEd as per the notification, the Teachers Recruitment Board (TRB) announced 32 subjects with BEd, can only take the exams. Arguing that the stand of the School Education Department’s decision to allow the candidates who falls in the lines of 32 mentioned subjects to write the TET exams is against the court’s direction, the petitioner sought to initiate contempt proceedings against the School Education Department Secretary.
Admitting the plea, Justice T Raja ordered notice to Secretary of School Education Department and adjourned the case to three weeks.