HC seeks Pun­jab’s re­ply on teach­ers be­ing called masters and mistresses

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - NEWS - HT Corre­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

TERMED DES­IG­NA­TION AS NOT “DIG­NI­FIED” AND HAS ASKED THE SECY TO RE­SPOND BY JULY 13

CHANDI­GARH: The Pun­jab and Haryana high court has sought re­sponse from the Pun­jab ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary call­ing upon chang­ing des­ig­na­tion of teach­ers of cer­tain cat­e­gories des­ig­nated as “mas­ter or mis­tress”.

The high court bench of jus­tice Arun Monga termed the des­ig­na­tion as not “dig­ni­fied” and has asked the sec­re­tary to re­spond by July 13 ask­ing as to what steps can be and/or are pro­posed to be taken, in for chang­ing the des­ig­na­tion.

The court was seized of a re­cruit­ment mat­ter in which teach­ers were re­ferred to as “mas­ter or mistresses”. Ear­lier, in the case of Haryana, high court had in 2018 ex­pressed its dis­plea­sure over teach­ers called as “mas­ter or mis­tress.”

“… why can there not be a more dig­ni­fied des­ig­na­tion viz. a teacher or school­teacher, who can be fur­ther sub-spec­i­fied as English teacher, math­e­mat­ics teacher, his­tory teacher and like­wise, in­stead of us­ing the words “mas­ter or mis­tress”, the court has noted while seek­ing re­sponse from ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary, Pun­jab.

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