Published: 09th November 2017
Not even one Disabled person will teach at a Polytechnic College next year. Here's why it's discriminatory
The TRB-Polytechnic exam results were announced on November 8 but not one differently-abled candidate found themselves on the list despite having a 4 percent reservation
In yet another incident of blatant discrimination, the TN Government's Teachers Recruitment Board has failed to put up the list of differently-abled candidates who have passed the TRB-Polytechnic exam. This is despite the fact that the TRB website mentions that there is a four percent reservation for differently-abled candidates. Disability Rights activists are up in arms about this.
On November 8, the Teachers Recruitment Board (TRB) released the list of all the candidates from all communities who had passed the TRB-Polytechnic exam held on September 16. The exam was held to fill 1058 vacancies in Polytechnic Colleges across the State. A total of 1,70,366 candidates applied for the written examination and 1,33,567 candidates appeared for it.
However, not even one of the differently-abled candidates figured on the result list and none of them has been called in for certificate verification between November 23- 25 like the other regular candidates. This is the second time that the TRB has been accused of being discriminatory against the community, previously TRP-PG result list also didn't include differently-abled candidates. Subsequently, a case was filed in court but no verdict has been passed on the matter yet.
Wasted talent: The TRB has yet to come up with a reasonable excuse as to why the list isn't up yet
A total of 42 differently-abled candidates are supposed to be placed, one of these candidates is 39-year-old Aruna Devi, who already has 10 years of teaching experience but had to quit last year because of a serious injury. "Since I took a break, I decided to look for a government teaching job and that's when I wrote the TRB-Polytechnic exam. So I was really looking forward to the results as I had done well but now it doesn't seem like it will happen," she said.
After realising her name wasn't on the list, Aruna frantically called the information desk at TRB but it was only several calls later that she was informed that there was "confusion" over the reservation and that's why they are holding back the list. "All the regular candidates will end up filling up the vacancies and like always I'll be left behind because of my disability," she said breaking down.
Vanathi M, 24, said that in her subject, Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Triple E) there were 91 posts and 183 candidates have received a call-back, "That makes it pretty obvious that I'm not going to find a job. They keep mentioning 4 percent reservation but they have clearly not taken me into consideration," she explained. Vanathi who suffers from 60 percent disability has completed her BE and also obtained an ME degree early this year. Despite having the opportunity to take up a private job she instead chose to become a teacher, "After my BE, private job opportunities were available but I was keen on teaching, that's why I chose to do my ME. Over the last two years, I've been writing various Central and State Government exams for the same." Vanathi says that exams under the Central Government are a lot more clearly organised, "There are clear categories based on communities and type of disability. So the candidate knows the basis of their selection. But it isn't the same here, there's no clarity as to where the alleged four percent of differently-abled candidates are going to be placed."