Supreme Court Upholds Rajasthan HC's Decision To Not Allow B.Ed Students For REET-I Exam
The Rajasthan High Court's decision regarding the eligibility criteria for Level-1 teacher recruitment has been upheld by the Supreme Court (SC). The SC's rejection of the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by the National Council For Teacher Education (NCPE) and the central government has firmly established that only candidates with a Basic School Training Certificate (BTSC) course will be qualified to take part in the Level 1 teacher recruitment exams, excluding B.Ed degree holders. This ruling applies to teaching positions from grades 1 to 5. The recent pronouncement by the SC has had widespread repercussions across the nation, particularly affecting B.Ed degree holders in various states.
The verdict will not only be enforced in Rajasthan but will also be applicable in all Indian states based on their respective regulations. The origins of this dispute trace back to May 2018 when the NCPE declared that B.Ed candidates were eligible for recruitment to Level-1 teaching positions through the Rajasthan Eligibility Exam for Teachers (REET). However, this decision faced significant opposition from Basic Training Certificate (BTC) diploma candidates in Rajasthan.
In response to the controversy, the Rajasthan High Court invalidated the notification and specified that only Basic Training Certificate holders would be eligible for primary teacher recruitment. The Supreme Court's division bench, headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, presided over the cases presented by both parties, which included the SLP by NCPE and the central government advocating for B.Ed candidates. During the proceedings, senior advocate Dr. Manish Singhvi represented the government’s stance, while Advocate Vigyan Shah presented the viewpoint of the diploma holders.
After careful deliberation, the Supreme Court upheld the Rajasthan High Court's ruling, affirming that only BTSC candidates can participate in the REET Level 1 examinations. However, it's important to note that B.Ed candidates remain eligible to partake in the recruitment exams for roles in upper primary classes.