SC issues contempt notice to AP on teachers recruitment row

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday issued a contempt notice to Andhra Pradesh government on an application alleging violation of the apex court's order vis-a-vis recruitment of 18,000 Secondary Grade Teachers(SGT) posts in the state.

A bench of Justices R M Lodha and A K Patnaik sought a response of the state within four weeks on the contempt application filed by certain D.Ed (Diploma in Education) candidates.

"We will examine whether our orders have been violated. Naturally, we will take it to the logical conclusion", the bench said while directing the state counsel D Bharathi Reddy to file the response in an affidavit within four weeks.

The aggrieved candidates had alleged the state government had gone ahead with the recuritment process from June 21 despite the fact that on May 14, 2009, the apex court had referred the dispute between the diploma holders B.Ed (Bachelor of Education) to a three-judge bench.

The contention of the diploma holders is that the SGT posts are exclusively meant for diploma holders as they claim to be better qualified to teach children of the 1-4 classes at the primary school leave. They cited the NCTE (National Council of Technical Education ) rules in support of the argument.

The state government had, however, issued a notification permitting both the D.Ed and B.Ed candidates to vie for the posts.

The Andhra Pradesh High Court had earlier upheld the government's decision to permit both streams of candiates to vie for the posts on the ground that the NCTE guidelines will be applicable only to teachers training institutes and not for the government recruitment policy.

The diploma holders approached the apex court which referred the dispute to a larger bench.