GUWAHATI, Sept 2 - The Supreme Court today upheld the decision of Gauhati High Court that had directed the State government to hold Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) before going ahead with the process of selection of lower and upper primary teachers in Assam.
The State government had, in 2018, published an advertisement for appointment of lower and upper primary teachers.
But as the State government has not conducted TET since 2012, many non-TET qualified candidates, who otherwise could have applied for the jobs, found themselves deprived and subsequently moved the high court, which ruled in their favour and directed the government to conduct TET and then proceed with the appointment process.
However, the high court order was challenged by a section of TET qualified teachers before the Supreme Court, which, however, dismissed their plea today.
Senior advocate Rakesh Khanna appeared for the TET qualified candidates, while advocates Kaushik Choudhury and Kaustav M Mahanta appeared for those who were in favour of conducting TET afresh.