High Court orders hiring of 65 teaching aspirants within 2 days

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On Monday, Calcutta High Court Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay ordered the state primary education board to send recruitment letters to 65 prospective teachers within two days. Following the addition of marks after the board acknowledged errors in several questions, these applicants had been declared successful in the 2015 Teachers Eligibility Test (TET). The test is frequently referred to as the 2014 TET because the announcement for it was released in 2014.

The same court had instructed the board to select 185 candidates to government-aided primary schools last week based on four rulings issued over the previous three weeks due to the addition of marks for the same questions.

In a separate order on Monday, Justice Gangopadhyay mandated that the primary board complete the process of filling 3,929 teaching positions in primary schools (which remained unfilled after the recruiting process was finished in 2020) by November 7.

Justice Samapti Chatterjee had instructed the board to grant full points to candidates who had attempted the questions that the Calcutta High Court had ruled were incorrect based on a report from a Visva-Bharati committee in October 2018.

In October 2018, Justice Samapti Chatterjee ordered the board to grant all points to candidates who had attempted the questions that the Calcutta High Court had ruled were incorrect based on a report by a Visva-Bharati team.

Justice Gangopadhyay had decided in September 2021 that the petitioners would have to be appointed right away if they were deemed eligible after receiving the additional marks because the order had not been followed. According to a representative of the school education department, because the petitioners moved independently, the court is granting orders for recruitment in stages.

“The petitioners have been saying that they could not take part in the recruitment process in 2020 because of non-compliance with the directive of Justice Samapti Chatterjee. The court has found merit in the contention and is ordering recruitment in phases,”

the official said.

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