New Delhi: The Delhi high court on Monday demanded an explanation from the AAP government and the municipal corporations over vacancy of nearly 50% of posts for teachers in their schools.
"Where is the budget going? This 50% vacancy is startling. It is too high a figure," Justice Manmohan observed while issuing notice to the government and the corporations on over 26,000 vacancies.
"It seems you have not recruited anyone in the past years. The system is crumbling? You are working at 50% capacity. There would be huge pressure on the existing teachers," the court said, asking the government to start recruiting teachers through the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board.
HC was hearing a contempt plea by NGO Social Jurist, alleging "wilful disobedience" of a 2001 court order to ensure 'zero vacancy' at the beginning of every academic year in schools. It will next take up the case on December 8.
However, the government and DSSSB rebutted the allegations and said vacancies of special educators was advertised but only 89 candidates were found eligible as per the prescribed qualifications.