Reservation for differently-abled: Delay in order affects over 6000 teachers


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Kozhikode: Over 6000 eligible teachers are waiting for the appointment as the government didn’t approve the appointments in aided schools so far. The District Education Officers are neglecting the appointments as citing the non-compliance of High Court order on reservation for differently-abled candidates.

The association of teachers pointed out that the lapses of the education department to issue an order regarding this triggered the issue. AEO and DEO offices have declared that a decision will not be taken on appointment approval unless the government issues an order based on the assurance given before the High Court over the reservation. The court directed the government to give 4 per cent reservation to the differently-abled candidates. The court revoked the stay on appointment in aided schools after the government informed that action will be taken to execute the order. But as the government didn’t issue detailed guidelines related to the reservation, the teaching appointments are not approved yet.

According to Kerala Pradesh School Teachers’ Association general secretary C Pradeep, there are around 6,000 teachers who are working without the approval of appointment and salaries. He said that though the issue was raised before the authorities concerned including the education minister and public education directors, there were no proactive actions. Pradeep also alleged that the approval of appointments has been delayed intentionally.

Kerala HC had directed the state government to adhere to four per cent compulsory reservation for differently-abled individuals.

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