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With 12,000 cases pending in courts, UP govt plans state education tribunal

To be headed by retired HC judge, panel to address issues of staff of 4,000 aided schools

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The Akhilesh Yadav government has set in motion the process to set up Uttar Pradesh Education Tribunal by April next, which will act as an ombudsman and address the grievances of over 1.5 lakh employees of aided schools in the state. The tribunal will be headed by a retired High Court judge.

The aided schools, both under UP Secondary Education Board as well as Basic Education Board, have private management, which provides the land but the salary of the staff as well as the maintenance costs of the campus is borne by the state government.

There is no existing grievance disposal system for teachers and staff of such schools due to which the teachers and/or other staff members approach the court even for minor issues. The Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Department is facing about 12,000 cases pending in courts related to teachers, staff and management of about 4,000-aided schools in the state.

As per the official sources, draft for the tribunal has already been prepared with the help of a legal consultant. To discuss the details and give final shape to the draft, a meeting of officials of state’s law and education departments has been called on December 15.

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The final draft would then be taken up by the state cabinet for approval. The government will then initiate the process to enact a legislation, which would either be taken to the state Assembly in the form of a Bill or sent to the Governor in the form of an ordinance.

As per the draft prepared so far, the tribunal would be formed at two levels —- state and division. At the state level, it will be headed by a retired judge of High Court and have two other members —- an IAS officer not below the rank of secretary and an officer of education services not below the rank of a director.

At the division level, the tribunal would be headed by a retired district judge and would have an officer of the district administration and officer of education department not below the rank of joint director as members.

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“In absence of any grievance redressal mechanism, even minor issues between teachers, staff or management of aided schools reach the court. During one of the hearings, even Supreme Court had observed the need for a separate grievance redressal system,” said Jitendra Kumar, principal secretary, secondary education.

Kumar is looking after the preparations for formation of final draft for the tribunal.

He further said that since existing court cases would be transferred to this tribunal, the state government would also have to take permission of the High Court before enacting a legislation. The target is to make it functional by April 1, 2016, he added.

 

First published on: 03-12-2015 at 05:05:07 am
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