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Can B.Ed candidates be appointed as UP Assistant Teachers? SC to hear challenge to UP Govt decision by BTC qualified candidates

The petitioners have challenged the June 28, 2018 notification of UP Assistant Teachers Examination for 69,000 posts whereby B.ED candidates were allowed to appear for the exam.

Debayan Roy

A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice UU Lalit will hear a plea by a group of Teachers Basic Training Certificate (BTC) holders who have challenged the inclusion of Bachelor of Education (B. Ed) qualified candidates in the Uttar Pradesh Assistant Teachers Exam (Arunesh Kumar v. State of Uttar Pradesh).

The exam, which was conducted in 2019 for filling up 69,000 posts, had permitted both BTC and B.ED candidates to appear even though petitioners claim B. ED candidates were only eligible to be trainee teachers as they have not completed a six months bridge course as approved by National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE).

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