Calcutta, Jan. 16: Calcutta High Court today upheld a National Council for Teachers' Education (NCTE) notification and directed the state government to take steps to set up institutes for a diploma course in elementary education training for primary school para-teachers before March 31, 2015.
Today's order followed a petition moved by some para-teachers challenging an NCTE notification in 2010 saying the services of para-teachers of primary schools would be terminated if they failed to obtain the diploma by 2014.
There are around 55,000 para-teachers in Bengal. They are appointed on a temporary basis. School managing committees recruit para-teachers, who are usually residents of the locality.
"The service of the para-teachers, who will not obtain the (one-year) diploma within the stipulated time, will be considered terminated according to the National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE) rule," Justice Debasish Kargupta said in his order today.
According to NCTE rules, the diploma in elementary education is mandatory for all schoolteachers.
"The previous Left Front government did not show enough intention to obey the NCTE rule and had not set up training institutions for para-teachers," government pleader Ashok Banerjee said after the court order.