CHANDIGARH: The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Haryana education secretary to submit complete information on the status of filling 14,000 vacancies on which, in most cases, guest teachers are working on contract.
A division bench, comprising chief justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Augustine George Masih, also wanted to know if all vacancies were filled what would be the number of guest teachers in schools and of them how many would be academically qualified.
The bench also sought to know if only candidates eligible out of the guest faculty were to be given extension after March 31, then what would be the requirement of teachers to run the schools. The education secretary was asked how the government would appoint teachers if the same was to be done immediately.
The bench directed that the education secretary would also depute an officer to be present in court on the next date of hearing, March21. If the officer neglects the court orders, he would have to remain present in the court on March 22.
The directions were passed on a petition filed by Tilak Raj of Ambala, who had sought quashing of the March 27, 2010, orders by which the engagement of guest teachers working on contract had been extended for a year.