The Supreme Court today adjourned till July 13 a plea by a group of Basic Teacher Certificate (BTC)-trained candidates, challenging the inclusion of B. Ed candidates to appear for the Uttar Pradesh Assistant Teachers Exam as they are not qualified for it.
The petitioners have submitted that the B. Ed candidates have not completed the six-month bridge course needed to qualify as an assistant teacher and can only be inducted as trainee teachers.
The petitioners have challenged the June 28, 2018 notification of UP Assistant Teachers Examination for 69,000 posts. They have challenged the subsequent amendment by the UP govt in January 2019 giving retrospective effect to the inclusion of B. Ed candidates in the exam as NTC did not consider them to be qualified for assistant teachers post.
The petitioners have also challenged the order of the division bench of Allahabad High Court in favour of the B. Ed candidates and its order to de-tag the plea challenging the validity of the amendment by UP government granting retrospective effect to the inclusion of B. Ed candidates as assistant teachers.
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, comprising Justices UU Lalit, M Shantanagoudar and Vineet Saran has asked the petitioners to file the writ petition pending before the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court as an annexure to the main petition.
The matter has been listed for next hearing on July 13.
-India Legal Bureau
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