CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has restrained the education authorities from compelling teachers who joined service before November 15, 2011 to pass the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) on April 29-30, in light of the proceedings dated March 1 last of the School Education Director.
Justice T Raja granted the injunction while passing interim orders on a batch of writ petitions from M Sarojini of Manchakkanni village, Nagapattinam district and three others on Tuesday.
The petitioners wanted the March 1 proceedings quashed as it compelled the petitioners, who were appointed before November 15, 2011, to appear for the TET to continue in service as secondary grade teachers. The proceedings also directed them to give an undertaking that in case they failed to get through the test, their services could be terminated.
The judge said that the question of appearing for the TET would arise only for teachers who joined after the GO dated November 15, 2011.
Earlier the Government advocate told the judge that the education department would not forcibly obtain any undertaking from the petitioners to take the TET. Recording this, the judge said the authorities should not compel the petitioners to appear for TET until further orders from this court and posted the issue for hearing on April 18.