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Teachers can’t take up assignment without permission: Govt

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Jan 4: Following the disposal of SLP by the Supreme Court, the State Government today ordered that no teaching faculty of the School Education Department shall take up any activity/assignment including teaching in a private institution or coaching centre.
According to a detailed order issued by the School Education Department, in pursuance of the Apex Court direction, the Directors of School Education Department Jammu/Kashmir and all the Chief Education Officers have been asked to ensure strict compliance of these instructions in their respective jurisdiction.
It is pertinent to mention that the State Government had through a Circular bearing No: Edu/PS/C/S/11/05 dated: 11-08-2005 directed that no official shall undertake any activity/assignment including teaching in a private institution or coaching centre unless permission is obtained from the competent authority and that no such permission shall be available two hours before the opening of the school and two after the school gets closed.
The Circular was challenged in the State High Court by Vichar Kranti Manch through “Writ Petition, which was disposed off by the High Court vide its judgment dated 18-11-2011.
In compliance to the directions of the High Court, the School Education Department had vide Circular dated: 15-06-2012 rescinded part of the Circular instructions dated: 18-08-2005, pertaining to accord of general permission to the teachers to engage themselves by way of self employment in private coaching centres two hours before the opening of the schools and two hours after the closing of the schools.
The State Government had, however, filed SLP in the Supreme Court against the judgment of the State High Court dated: 18-11-2011.
The order issued by the Government today in pursuance to the Supreme Court direction stated that in view of the directions passed by the Apex Court, the judgment passed by the Division Bench of the High Court on 18-11-2011 through a PIL has been upheld to the extent of quashing general permission/authority to the teachers of Education Department to engage themselves by way of self-employment or in the form of accepting part-time employment in private coaching centres.
“Now, therefore it is hereby directed that no teaching faculty of the School Education Department shall take up any activity/assignment including teaching in private institution or coaching centre,” said the order issued by the School Education Department today.

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