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Adhocism will ruin Indian school education: Apex court

May 20, 2013

“We spoil the entire education system by appointing ad-hoc teachers who do not have proper qualification," a two-judge bench of India's Supreme Court said today.

In October last year, Delhi's education minister announced a decision to appoint 10,000 guest teachers in various schools to fill up vacant positions. It was a decision reeking with questions: Why should the government appoint teachers in such a slip-shod manner, knowing fully well weaknesses of the government-run education machinery? Would guest teachers be accountable?

The history of indecision and wrong decisions, often bordering on malafides, is not that of India's capital alone. It plagues the entire country.

It is a decision that came to haunt the government today as the country's supreme court today questioned the adhocism in the employment of teachers as the appointment of teachers in primary schools on ad hoc basis by various state governments drew flak from the highest court of the land.

Not following proper qualification criteria, the judges averred, are spoiling the entire education system and future of the country.

The judges, B S Chauhan and Dipak Misra, expressed strong disapproval of such a system, saying that it was "shocking" that it can be pursued even after the implementation of Right to Education Act.

"A populist principality cannot spoil the future of the country," the two-judge bench said while hearing the Gujarat government's plea on a case pertaining to appointment of "Vidya Sahayak" (literally translated as, assistants for education) in primary schools in the state.

"How do you bring such policies when there is Article 21A. It is shocking. There are such appointments in UP also. These Shiksha Sahayaks (helpers) are Shiksha 'shatrus' (enemies)," the Bench observed asking the state government to place details relating to qualification and appointment of such teachers.

The Bench noted that ad-hoc appointment of primary teachers are done in many states which provide them less than one-fourth salary given to regular teachers.

"Our concern is quality of education and we are very serious about the kind of education we are imparting," the judges said. "We spoil the entire education system by appointing ad-hoc teachers who do not have proper qualification," they added.

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