Differently-abled quota for teachers' appointment binding on higher secondary in aided schools: HC

Kerala High Court | Photo: PTI

Kochi: The Kerala High Court ordered to implement reservation for differently abled in teachers’ appointment to aided schools. Justice Raja Vijayaraghavan observed that the order which advocates implementation of differently-abled quota in aided schools is binding on higher secondary schools also.

The Court observed that the order issued by the General Education Director on February 2 to exclude reservation of differently-abled teachers in higher secondary is invalid. In the order, the General Education Director noted that the higher secondary teacher post is unsuitable for differently-abled candidates. Hence, the appointments can be carried out for other applicants.

The High Court had ordered strict implementation of differently-abled reservations in teachers’ appointments on August 10. The latest order which emphasises the reservation in higher secondary will introduce 3 per cent reservation for differently-abled persons in the appointments till April 18, 2017 and 4 per cent reservation for appointments after 2017.

If differently-abled persons do not get appointments during the above-mentioned period, their applications have to be considered for vacancies that came up after November 18, 2018. The approvals for the teachers’ appointments after November 18, 2018, could be issued only after this. However, the appointments which already secured approval will not be affected by the latest High Court order.

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