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SC clears 95,000 Assam teachers' recruitment

The Supreme Court today quashed a Gauhati High Court order thus paving the way for the recruitment of more than 95,000 school teachers in the state. The High Court, in its January 25 ruling, had allowed recruitment of 12800 teachers in lower and upper primary schools.

"The Assam Government appealed before the apex court and said that the around 95000 posts are lying vacant of which 28000 can be recruited now," said Education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. The apex court stayed the High Court order contending that the limit will cause difficulties in the running of schools.

Appearing for the Assam government, Attorney General Ashok Desai told the court that the state government needed teachers in elementary schools to fulfil the mandate of compulsory education under the Right to Education Act. He said the absence of teachers could lead to the closure of a large number of such institutions.

Sarma said "since 2001, the appointment was stopped leading to closure of some schools. I will term the judgement as victory of students and we will appoint 12800 as regular teachers and another 28000 as contractual teachers."

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