HC instructs Bihar gov't to treat contract, guest teachers equally; stays job test TRE-3

The court noted that guest teachers, like contract teachers, were involved in conducting various administrative duties such as elections and examination evaluations
Guest teachers were previously paid Rs 1,000 per working day, with a maximum monthly limit of Rs 25,000
Guest teachers were previously paid Rs 1,000 per working day, with a maximum monthly limit of Rs 25,000Pic: EdexLive Desk

The Patna High Court on Wednesday, May 29, directed the Bihar government to treat contract teachers and guest teachers equally in the recruitment process conducted by the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) and consequently stayed the BPSC's Teachers Recruitment Exam (TRE)-3.

Justice Anjani Kumar Sharan, while disposing of petitions, said, "Both contract teachers and guest teachers are performing the same duties of teaching students and there is no difference between the two. The state government is directed to decide within a month to grant five marks for each year of employment, up to a maximum of 25 marks, to guest teachers as is given to contract teachers."

The court also stayed advertisement number 22/24 dated February 2024 (TRE-3), stated a report by PTI.

The high court's order will beneit over 4,000 guest teachers across Bihar, allowing them to participate in the BPSC teachers recruitment exam with the same preferential marks as contract teachers.

The guest teachers lost their positions on April 1, 2024, following an order from the education department.

The Director of Secondary Education had recently instructed district education officers to discontinue the services of guest teachers who were hired on a fixed remuneration after an order from the education department on January 25, 2018.

This was because the recruitment of 94,738 teachers in higher secondary schools, 37,847 for Classes IX and X and 56,891 for Classes XI and XII, rendered the need for guest teachers unnecessary.

Guest teachers were previously paid Rs 1,000 per working day, with a maximum monthly limit of Rs 25,000.

The court noted that guest teachers, like contract teachers, were involved in conducting various administrative duties such as elections and examination evaluations.

However, the BPSC did not initially offer the same preference marks to guest teachers in its TRE 3.0 advertisement.

Furthermore, the high court mentioned that the BPSC had previously cancelled both sittings of the TRE 3.0 held on March 15 due to allegations of question paper leaks.

The BPSC was expected to announce a new examination date after the elections.

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