Differently-abled quota in aided schools of Kerala: 12,000 teachers face roadblock

Unni Sukapuram

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Edappal: Around 12,000 teachers in aided schools across the state are devoid of appointments and salaries as school managers continue to cite rationale on differently-abled quota.

According to General Education Department guidelines, aided schools (primary to higher secondary) must abide to differently-abled quota while making appointments. Similarly, they should get appointments first.

Abiding to the guidelines, around 1,000 differently-abled individuals must be inducted into aided schools this year. While an RTI enquiry revealed that only less than 300 individuals were found eligible under this category.

Nevertheless, a section of school managers maintain that first phase of appointment will be for differently-abled candidates. As a result, the appointments of other eligible individuals get prolonged.

According to Kerala Wheelchair Rights Federation, the rationale of school managers is wrong. The objective of quota is not to restrict other appointments, it said. “However, if eligible candidates under differently-abled category are approaching they should be considered. The authorities concerned did not abide by the quota guidelines and hence we approached the court,” said state vice president PB Zakir Hussain.

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