Anomaly in Selection of Teachers in West Bengal: Salute to Judiciary

Teaching profession is the noblest profession as a good teacher can create and guide a student by inculcating with value and character.  Andin this regard I wish to mention two sayings of our former President Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam sahab which I like very much as I was in teaching/academic activities after completing University education. “Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, caliber and future of an individual. If the people remember me as a good teacher that will be the biggest honor for me”. And another one, “Real education enhances the dignity of a human being and increases his or her self-respect”. When I read about corruption in educational institutes/academic organisations I feel sad. From ancient times onward in this sub-continent, Gurukul school concept was introduced “A gurukul is a traditional school in India with students (shishya) living near their guru, often in the same dwelling, as a sort of family”.

Anyway recent irregularities and anomalies, for recruiting teachers in West Bengal is a news and thousands and thousands persons suffered. The level of irregularities and anomalies were high as sequel many have approached the Calcutta High Court. For the benefit of readers I wish to mention that the High court is the oldest High Court in India. It was established on 1st July, 1862 under the High Court’s Act, 1861.    The Calcutta High court on 11thDecember 2020 (Friday) quashed recruitment of teachers in around 15,000 vacant posts in upper primary schools.  Justice Moushumi Bhattacharya directed the School Service Commission to start the recruitment process afresh by adhering the guidelines of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). According this, candidates with a B.Ed. degree should get first preference. In case of selection, it was reported that because of some reasons less qualified candidates were selected whereas many B.Ed. candidates were ignored.  According to the directives, the Commission should start the process on 4th January 2021.  The verification of candidates and preparation of merit list should be completed by 31st May 2021, and the recruitment process should be complete by 14th August 2021. It may be mentioned here that the National Council for Teacher Education, which regulates teacher education in India, in 2009 made the B.Ed. or an equivalent degree compulsory for applying in teaching jobs at primary and upper primary schools.  It is unfortunate that thousands of youths suffered because of anomalies created by the State Government. Let me go back to the initial phase. The process for recruiting teachers in upper primary schools was initiated in 2014 and ultimately on 16th October, 2015, the exam, for selecting candidates in the 14,740 vacant teaching posts, was conducted.  And based on this, on 1st October 2019, the Department had prepared a merit list of around 26,000 persons.  Immediately, after the publication of the list, so called ‘merit list’, a large number of candidates moved to Calcutta High court alleging that even though they had a B.Ed. degree, their names did not figure in the list while less qualified candidates had been selected. Here it is pertinent to mention that, advocate Firdaus Shamim, the lawyer for the petitioner candidates, after the judgement mentioned, “This prompted my clients to move the High court.”  Advocate Shamim also said, “Discrepancies have been found in the list”. Also one Leftist leader said after the judgement, “the level of corruption was unprecedented”.   

I as senior citizen suggest no state Governments should indulge any sort of corruption particularly for requirements etc., as lives of innocent youths are involved here. In this case of West Bengal, five years are over for the youths who were selected in 2015. Again a new process has been initiated albeit the fates of youths, who were earlier selected, are uncertain. Anyway, salute to the Judiciary, our Third Pillar of Democracy, as an anomaly has been thrown away.

 The following websites have been consulted while writing the article:

  1. http://www.eaajkaal.in/12/12/2020
  2. https://epaper.telegraphindia.com/imageview_348395_7160461_4_undefined_12-12-2020_7_i_1_sf.html/12-12-2020
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  4. https://epaper.sangbadpratidin.in/12-12-2020
  5. https://www.yogapedia.com/definition/5439/gurukul

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