Srinagar: In a major relief to protesting Rehbar-e-Taleem teachers, the high court ruled on Thursday against a government order asking all ReTs and Regularised ReTs to prove through a test their worthiness to teach students in the state.
A bench of justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar ruled that the government should make only those ReTs and RReTs in the screening test who “constitute a class” with the person whose capability was tested by the court.
The court was referring to an applicant for ReT teachers’ post, who had failed to write before it an essay on cow and couldn’t solve a class 4 arithmetic problem despite possessing 10+2 degree from Board of Higher Secondary Education, New Delhi, and a B.Com degree from Global Open University, Nagaland.
While noting that degrees were being issued to candidates without taking examination, the court on May 14 last year had directed the commissioner secretary (education department) to make ReTs sit in a similar test.
The court had directed that the services of the ReTs who fail in such screening test should be terminated after following principles of natural justice.
However, the government issued an order (No. 631-Edu of 2015) on December 29 last year, asking all the ReT/RReTs to write the exam.
“The government was duty bound to conduct the survey for tracing out the degrees of the like nature which came under the cloud (referring to May 14, 2015 order). After finding such type of degrees, it was this class of the ReTs which was to be subjected to screening test for testing their teaching capabilities,” the court said.
Instead, the court said, that rather than complying with the directions, the government ordered the ReTs/ReTTs to sit in the screening test.
“Even before passing the impugned order, prima facie, it appears that no survey has been conducted about the teaching capabilities of ReTs/RReTs,” the court said and directed that the teachers who have obtained degrees through distance mode from the regularised or reputed institutions should not be subjected to the screening test.
The court said that this class of teachers cannot be clubbed with the one to which belong the applicant who couldn’t write an essay on cow.
The court also reminded the government that it was duty bound to enhance the teaching capabilities of the teachers by imparting training to them.
“The teachers being the respectable members of the society have to keep on enhancing their teaching skills by continuously studying,” the court said while calling the teacher as an asset to the society.
Observing that the teaching is the most noble and most respected profession, the court termed it as unfortunate that “some black sheep in the teachers’ community have converted this noble profession into money-minting industry”.
“Some people have secured qualifications by dubious methods and through fraudulent study centres,” it said.