TET order under court scanner

The high court on Monday accepted a petition by 134 students seeking cancellation of a notification of the West Bengal Board of Primary Education inviting applications for writing the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) 2017.

By OUR LEGAL REPORTER in Calcutta
  • Published 31.10.17
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Calcutta: The high court on Monday accepted a petition by 134 students seeking cancellation of a notification of the West Bengal Board of Primary Education inviting applications for writing the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) 2017.

The examination will be held to recruit teachers in state-aided primary schools across Bengal.

The 134 petitioners, all students of the two-year Diploma in Elementary Education (DLEd) programme, have sought an order authorising them to appear in the test.

The notification, issued in August, states that only candidates who have completed the DLEd programme are eligible to write the teacher eligibility test.

"Serve a notice to the primary board asking their representative to appear before the court. I will hear the case tomorrow," Justice Samapti Chatterjee told Sudipta Dasgupta, the lawyer appearing for the 134 petitioners.

The petitioners have submitted that the condition mentioned in the notification that only candidates who have cleared the DLEd can appear in the test violates a rule laid down by the National Council for Teacher Education, the apex body regulating teachers' education in the country.

"Council rules state that DLEd students, too, are eligible for the test," advocate Dasgupta said.

The lawyer said he had sought an order from the court asking the board to withdraw or cancel the notification and invite applications through a fresh notification.

Three days ago, Justice Chatterjee had issued an order asking the primary education board to allow 252 candidates who had appeared in DLEd examinations and are awaiting results to appear in the TET (primary) 2017.