Taking a serious note of “acute shortage of qualified teachers” in primary schools across Uttar Pradesh, the Allahabad high court on Tuesday directed the state government to publish an advertisement for appointment of the same without any further delay.
The order was passed by Justice Arun Tandon on a writ petition filed by one Shiv Prakash Kushwaha who had alleged that appointment of teachers in Parishadiya Vidyalayas (primary schools) has been withheld for long.
As per the “Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, it has become mandatory for the state government to ensure that the requisite number of qualified teachers are appointed in all institutions,” the petitioner said.
The petitioner’s submission was disputed by the state’s Additional Advocate General C B Yadav who said recruitment was held in 2004, 2007 and 2008.
However, the court observed “it is not in dispute that there is acute shortage of qualified teachers in Parishidiya Vidyalayas as on date, it is but natural that education shall suffer.”
“The court feels it just and proper to insist upon the state government to publish an advertisement for appointment of qualified teachers in Parishidiya Vidyalayas without any further delay,” the Judge said.
The court fixed September 27 as the next date of hearing.