12,460 Assistant Teachers' Vacancy Yet To Be Filled In UP, Candidates Waiting For Over 9 Months
On December 15, 2016, the then Samajwadi Government flouted a notification for the recruitment of 12,460 assistant teachers from the 54 districts of UP. The deadline for filling the online application was between December 28, 2016, to January 19, 2017.
The counselling dates were also declared. For the first phase of counselling, the date that was fixed was March 18, 2017, and March 20, 2017. After the first round of counselling, the selected candidates would have to go through a second round which was scheduled to be held on March 25, 2017.
The second round of counselling was for the seats that were left after first part of the round of counselling was over. All the candidates who qualified scheduled to be given their appointment letters on March 31, 2017. At least this is what the course of action should have been.
The newly appointed UP government stopped all the ongoing recruitment process indefinitely through a letter on March 23, 2017, without giving any reason. The appointment letters were supposed to be issued on March 31 as per the schedule.
The people who sat for the first round of counselling and were selected for the second round approached the Allahabad High Court against that letter and on November 3, 2017, the High Court directed the government to complete the recruitment within two months.
The government then filed a special appeal in a double bench on December 5, 2017, against the order of the HC.
Eligibility criteria changed mid-way
On December 13, 2017, the government said that they had amended the rules i.e. 20th amendment of service rule and they are checking the justification of the said amendment for 12,460 teachers’ recruitment.
The vacancy notification was based on 15th and 16th amendment of service rule. According to 20th amendment, 10% of 10th, 12th, graduation and will be taken and rest 60% will be of assistant teachers after the recruitment examination. But the 15th and 16th amendment say that depending on the marks of 10th, 12th, graduation and BTC(Basic Training Course) /Urdu BTC/ Special BTC/Special D.Ed./4 year B.el.Ed would be eligible for the recruitment.
The Supreme Court has said that the rules cannot be changed midway. The transition from the 15th, 16th amendment to 20th could not be when the recruitment process initially began with the first two amendments. The Logical Indian spoke to Anwar Ali, one of the eligible candidates who applied for the said post. He says that many candidates are suffering because of the government’s laxity.
The eligible applicants have protested in Lucknow and Allahabad asking the government to start the process but it has been 9 months and still no action has been taken by the authorities. The government has only been delaying the process. In the wake of a job crisis in India, the future of 12,460 candidates are at stake.