The Calcutta High Court refuses to uphold the directive to terminate 32,000 teacher appointments


36,000 school teachers hired in 2016 had their appointments annulled by a single bench of the Calcutta high court on May 12. Later, the number was changed to 32,000.The employment of over 32,000 primary school teachers in West Bengal was annulled by a single bench order last week on the grounds that they had been hired outside the rules. The Calcutta high court delayed that judgement on Friday.According to a high court attorney, a division bench of Justice Subrata Talukdar and Justice Supratim Bhattacharya declared: “There shall be an interim stay on termination of employment until the end of September 2023, or until further orders, whichever is earlier.”

On May 12, a court presided over by Justice Abhijit Gangopadhyay revoked the appointments of 36,000 primary school teachers who were reportedly hired in 2016 in breach of regulations. The number was then changed by the court to 32,000 primary instructors from a total of 42,500 hired in 2016. In order to allow the government to hire their replacements, Justice Gangopadhyay permitted the teachers to work for four months at a parateacher’s lower pay.The West Bengal Board of Primary Education will take action to carry out the teacher recruitment process in accordance with the single bench’s directive, the high court’s division bench stated in their order on Friday. However, they emphasised that this process must be finished within three months by the end of August 2023.

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