Chennai, May 16:
The Madras high court has stayed the government from proceedings to sack 1500 teachers after their failure to clear teacher eligibility test (TET). The Tamil Nadu directorate of school education had decided to sack 1,500 teachers from government-aided schools as they have not cleared the teacher eligibility test (TET) before the March 31 deadline.
These teachers attempted the exam four times but failed. The department had sought another two-year extension from the Union ministry of human resource development for the teacher to clear TET. But, the ministry had said it would not be possible to consider any request related to extension of deadline.
The government had also withheld their salaries following their failure to pass the said test. In the meantime, the teacher eligibility test (TET) would be conducted on June 8 and 9. A single judge had ordered their dismissal from service as the teachers had failed to pass the test.
This was challenged by four teachers from Tiruvannamalai district and they moved the high court. Their petition came up for hearing today before a two-member bench comprising of judges Karthikeyan and Krishnan Ramasamy.
While passing the orders for staying the removal of 1500 teachers from service the judges directed the government to allow the teachers to appear for the teacher eligibility test (TET) scheduled to be conducted on June 8 and 9.