Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

HC re­strains Hry from declar­ing re­sults of TGT English test

- HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com Discrimination · Human Rights · Society

CHANDI­GARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tues­day re­strained the Haryana gov­ern­ment from declar­ing re­sults of 694 posts of TGT (trained grad­u­ate teach­ers) of English be­ing con­ducted by Haryana Staff Selec­tion Com­mis­sion (HSSC).

The high court acted on the pe­ti­tion of Karnal res­i­dent Poonam and oth­ers who had sought the court’s in­ter­ven­tion on the is­sue.

The HSSC had ad­ver­tised 694 posts of TGTs on July 23, 2015. A writ­ten test was held on Fe­bru­ary 23, 2016 and re­sults de­clared on Septem­ber 3, 2016. In­ter­views were con­ducted re­cently.

The pe­ti­tion­ers had ar­gued that one of the qual­i­fi­ca­tions men­tioned was BA with at least 50% marks in English as an elec­tive sub­ject, which is also ap­pli­ca­ble as per rules for the post as well.

The court was told that pe­ti­tion­ers had passed their BA ex­am­i­na­tion with English as com­pul­sory sub­ject.

As they did not have the qual­i­fi­ca­tion strictly in terms of the ad­ver­tise­ment is­sued, they never ap­plied for the post, the court was in­formed, ad­ding that now a clar­i­fi­ca­tion had come to light ac­cord­ing to which di­rec­tor, sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion, Haryana has stated that com­mis­sion can con­sider com­pul­sory English as equiv­a­lent to op­tional English, in case the univer­sity gives cer­tifi­cate about the same.

“This clar­i­fi­ca­tion was never made pub­lic and in any case it was sought even af­ter the re­sult for the writ­ten test had al­ready been de­clared. The ap­pel­lants were de­prived of their right to even con­sid­er­a­tion as ap­pli­ca­tions were not sub­mit­ted by them,” pe­ti­tion­ers’ lawyer Jag­bir Ma­lik had stated.

The high court bench of jus­tice Ra­jesh Bin­dal and jus­tice BS Walia put Haryana as well as Haryana Staff Selec­tion Com­mis­sion on no­tice for Jan­uary 23 and re­strained it from declar­ing the fi­nal re­sults.

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