HC questions Haryana government on delay in recruitment of 3500 teachers

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The Punjab and Haryana high court has asked the Haryana government to explain the reasons for delay in recruitment of regular teachers in state schools.

The high court bench comprising Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Shekher Dhawan questioned the state on an application filed by the government seeking the court’s permission to engage the 3,500-odd guest teachers beyond March 31 and another filed by a private respondent, alleging that the government was wrong in securing extension to these teachers in November 2015.

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The high court bench stated that it would further deal with the applications only after the submission of state’s response by April 27.

In July 2015, on orders by the high court, about 3500 guest teachers were sacked.

The government had then sought permission to re-engage these 3,500 odd guest teachers, arguing that there was shortage of teachers to teach students of Class 9 and 10 as regular recruitment of around 8,000 teachers could not be completed so early. The high court had then allowed these guest teachers to work till March 31 and had made it clear in no circumstances extension would be granted to these teachers and the government would have to take steps to fill these posts by then.

Meanwhile Jagbir Malik, the counsel for a private applicant, filed an application and argued the government was wrong in securing extension to these teachers in November 2015. The court was further told that the government had surplus post-graduate teachers (PGTs) and those guest teachers who were engaged for teaching students of Class 9 and 10 in place of PGTs were actually made to teach junior classes.

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