NEW DELHI (DIVYA SAINI): The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed the Uttar Pradesh government to fill up vacancies of 69,000 assistant basic teachers in the state as per the results declared in May.
Justice UU Lalit dismissed a petition filed by the teacher group "Uttar Pradesh Prathmik Shiksha Mitra Association'', challenging the Allahabad High Court's decision to uphold the cut off marks for selection of assistant basic teachers in the states. The top court said it will be open to the state to give another chance to Shiksha Mitra to compete for selection as assistant basic teachers in the states.
The petitioners had challenged the UP Government’s on January 7, 2019, order for fixing the qualifying marks for selection of assistant teachers at 65 and 60 for general and reserved categories. On July 25, 2017, the top court had asked the state government to cancel the recruitment of 1,37, 517 teachers to the post of TET assistant teacher but give them the benefit of experience in two recruitments.
During the hearing, the top court had asked the UP Government to explain as to why it changed the earlier criteria of 45 per cent cut-off marks for general category and 40 per cent cut-off marks for reserved category.
The state government had justified the increase in cut-off marks, saying it was to attract the best talent. The court did not intervene against the State’s position that the cut-off percentage was increased by 20% to draw the best candidates. The court had earlier sought an explanation from the State government for changing the earlier cut-off of 45% for general category and 40% for reserved category.
The High Court had even directed the State government to complete the process within the next three months. On January 17, 2018, the government ordered to conduct written exams for 69,000 assistant teachers post.
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