Teachers not to perform election duty during study session: Allahabad HC


New Delhi: Allahabad High Court today instructed Uttar Pradesh State Election Commission not to deploy teachers in election duty between study session but the commission can post them in non-study session. The court yesterday issued directions to the Election Commission in this regard.

The order was passed by a two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice D.B. Bhonsle and Justice Yashwant Verma while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) moved by the Uttar Pradesh primary teachers' association of Ghaziabad.?

The teachers' association had argued that the 2009 Act makes education the right of each child but this would be possible only when teachers do their duty regularly.

The Election Commission had argued that it was difficult to keep teachers away from poll duty as election work is also a national duty. After hearing both the parties, the bench passed the order refraining the Commission to deploy teachers for poll duty during examinations.