Teacher hiring test back on course
The Trinamool Congress government on Wednesday got a huge relief after a Division Bench of the Calcutta High Court removed the stay on conducting primary teachers's recruitment examination scheduled for December 30.
The Division Bench comprising Justice Pranab Kumar Chatterjee and Justice Tarun Kumar Das said there is a requirement of teachers in the primary schools and students should not suffer because of the shortage of teachers. Apart from it, the Bench said 55 lakh people have applied for over 34,000 posts lying currently vacant in primary schools and hence the court is of the opinion that the examination should be held for the hiring of primary teachers.
On December 13, a single judge bench of Justice Debasish Kargupta had put a stay on the recruitment examination after hearing a petition filed by candidates who have received teachers' training. The petitioners had contended that a single test is being held for trained as well as untrained teachers, which was illegal as per the provisions of the NCTE Act. According to the petition, trained candidates should be given priority over untrained candidates.
The Division Bench also offered a solution to it saying two lists of those who cleared the test should be prepared, one for trained and another for untrained candidates. The trained candidates will get priority over untrained candidates to fill up the vacant posts. The Bench said recruitment has to be made as per the provisions of the NCTE Act.
'Contact centre for deporting foreign convicts'
The Division Bench of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Joymalya Bagchi on Wednesday directed the state government to immediately contact the Centre for the deportation of foreign convicts who have served their sentences but are still languishing in Bengal jails. The Bench asked the state to file a report within six weeks. On December 6, the state government told the High Court that 320 foreigners are lodged in jails across the state even after serving their conviction period.
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