JAMMU: Following the disposal of a civil suit by the Supreme Court, the Jammu and Kashmir Government on Wednesday ordered that no teaching faculty of the school education department shall take up any activity/assignment including teaching in a private institution or coaching centre. The government issued directions to all the chief education officers to ensure strict compliance of these instructions in their respective jurisdiction.
The government had through a Circular bearing No: Edu/PS/C/S/11/05 dated: 11-08-2005 directed that no official shall undertake any activity/assignment including teaching in a private institution or coaching centre unless permission is obtained from the competent authority and that no such permission shall be available two hours before the opening of the school and two after the school gets closed.
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The said Circular was challenged in the Jammu and Kashmir High Court by Vichar Kranti Manch through Writ Petition No: 6/2011. The writ petition was disposed off by the high court on November 18, 2011 leading to a long court procedure that even reached the apex court.
“With the above said directions, the Writ Petition stands disposed of by setting aside the part of the instructions contained in Circular No: Edu/PS/C/S/11/05 dated: 11-08-2005 granting general permission/authority to the officials of the Education Department and Medical Education Department to grant permission to all the teachers and doctors respectively to engage themselves by way of self-employment in private coaching centres two hours before the opening of the school and two hours after the closing of the school and private practice by the doctors, with other directions stated therein.”
The order issued by the government on Wednesday in pursuance to the Supreme Court direction states that in view of the directions passed by the Apex Court, the judgment passed by the Division Bench of the High Court on 18-11-2011 in PIL No: 06/2011 has been upheld to the extent of quashing general permission/authority to the teachers of Education Department to engage themselves by way of self-employment or in the form of accepting part-time employment in private coaching centres.
“Now, therefore it is hereby directed that no teaching faculty of the school education department shall take up any activity/assignment including teaching in private institution or coaching centre,” said the order issued by the school education department today.