The court also summoned two senior officers — principal secretary (Basic Education) and secretary of Basic Education Board — to be personally present in the court on January 11, the next date of hearing in the case.
The court has stayed the proceedings primarily on the ground that the advertisements issued for the purpose were wrong as per rules. TET has been approved by the National Council for Teachers’ Education as a tool to bring out uniformity in the quality of teachers across the country, as part of providing free basic education to the children under the Right to Education Act.
On a petition filed by one of the TET candidates, a single judge bench of Justice Sudhir Agarwal passed the stay order asking the respondents to explain whether advertisements for vacancies were issued as per rules. The court also questioned the handling of the entire issue that has led to “unnecessary litigation”.