Aurangabad, September 20:
In its interim judgment, the Aurangabad Bench of the Bombay High Court, comprising Justice Ravindra Ghuge and Justice Arun Pedenkar, issued guidelines on Tuesday not to remove 7,880 teachers from their service until further notice and also release their salary regularly. This relieved the teachers.
As per the details, Maharashtra State Council of Examination (MSCE) conducted the Maharashtra Teacher Eligibility Test (MahaTET) in 2020. During a survey, it was found that 7,880 candidates who were declared in fail or had less impaired grades with the result allegedly to achieve a pass result.
Based on the TET certificate, many of them got jobs. Pune Cyber Police have registered a case against those who obtained TFW Certificate of Achievement through unfair means. The MSCE commissioner issued orders on August 3, 2022 to dismiss 7,880 teachers and stop their salaries. The Director of the School Education Department issued guidelines on August 18 to freeze the “Shalarth ID” of teachers involved in the TET scam.
Around 1,000 teachers in the Aurangabad division have challenged the orders of the education commissioner and principal by filing petitions through different lawyers. A collective hearing was held today.
The plaintiffs’ lawyers pointed out to the court that this was a unilateral action. In the list of candidates, some of them are peons and clerks who took the test only to improve their education eligibility.
“Also, a few secondary school teachers are on the list, who do not need a TET qualification. Measures are also taken against these teachers. The petitioners were not allowed to speak and it is against denying them natural justice,” the lawyers said.
Hearing the arguments, the court today issued orders not to remove the claimants from their jobs and to pay their wages regularly until further notice. The court said teachers’ salary increases can be stopped.
Veteran lawyers VD Sapkal, Sambhaji Tope, Siddheshwar Thombre, Sachin Deshmukh, Vilas Panpatte, Abasaheb Shinde, Shailesh Brahme, Prahlad Bachate and Tukaram Vyanjane appeared for the claimants. Adv SK Tambe represented the government.
What is the TET scam?
A young person who wishes to work as a teacher in primary schools will have to qualify MahaTET. This is the main condition of work. The MSCE conducted an online eligibility test at the various centers in the state on January 19, 2020.
Corrections were made to Department of Education records after the exam irregularities surfaced. All teachers involved in the scam have been asked not to transfer anything online from their login. Many teachers challenged the orders.
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