The Calcutta High Court has issued an interim stay on the termination of approximately 32,000 teachers’ jobs in government-sponsored and aided primary schools in West Bengal. This order released on May 19, will remain in effect until the end of September 2023 or until further orders are issued reported PTI.
The termination of these teachers’ appointments was initially ordered by a single bench on May 12. The court ruled that these teachers, who were recruited in 2016 based on the 2014 Teacher Eligibility Test (TET), were ineligible due to their incomplete teacher training.
In response to an appeal by the West Bengal Board of Primary Education and some affected teachers, a division bench presided by Justice Subrata Talukdar granted an interim stay on the termination of these jobs stated a report in PTI.
The bench, which also included Justice Supratim Bhattacharya, stated that the termination without providing the affected parties with a meaningful right of defense warrants judicial intervention. The interim stay will allow the affected teachers to continue their employment until the specified date or until further orders are issued.