Himachal Pradesh High Court today came down heavily on the state government for indulging in exploitive policies in the appointment of teachers in government schools and indulging in discrimination among the appointed teachers under different classifications under the Parent Teacher Association in the state.
A Division Bench comprising Justice Vivek Singh Thakur and Justice Sandeep Sharma today snubbed the state government and passed an order against the government’s exploitive policies.
High Court held that State is trying to save money by sucking the blood of poor helpless unemployed youth, compelled to accept any term imposed upon them, on seeing a ray of hope for a chance to earn something not for a dignified livelihood but for survival.
The State has formulated and implemented Grant-in-Aid to Parent Teacher Association Rules, 2006 for providing grant-in-aid to the PTA Teachers serving in all schools of the State of Himachal Pradesh. However, vide communication dated 27.08.2007, the benefit thereof was declared inadmissible to the PTA Teachers serving in the schools situated in the area of Municipal Corporations, Municipal Committees, and Nagar Panchayat of the State.
The Court observed that despite repeated directions by the Courts to the State to provide regular Teachers in the schools, the State, irrespective of persons in power, has failed to follow the directions and appoint regular Teachers.
In compelling circumstances, PTAs are constrained to engage Teacher(s) to save the future of children.
The Court found the PTA Teachers serving in rural areas or urban areas are one of the same class and the classification amongst them is not intelligible.
PTA Teachers in urban as well as rural areas are appointed for identical reasons and perform identical jobs with equal degrees of accountability and responsibility.
The Court found that the classification of PTA Teachers, discriminatory and one more example of exploitative policies formulated and adopted by the State.