Teachers' Writ plea to stop punitive action dismissed

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Chennai, Nov 27 (UNI) The Madras High Court today dismissed a writ petition seeking a direction not to initiate further action against Adi Dravida Welfare school teachers for the poor performance of their students in the SSLC and Plus Two examinations held in March this year.

Dismising the petition filed by Tamil Nadu Higher Secondary Post Graduate Teachers' Association, Mr Justice K Chandru said teachers were accountable for the performance of the students belonging to the suppressed classes.

The Judge said as per the government records the pass percentage of Adi Dravida students in Plus Two had come down drastically to 66 per cent from 82 per cent and that of SSLC exams from 85 per cent to 56 per cent.

''This showed the poor performance of teachers and not the students,'' the Judge noted and said that the writ petition was devoid of any merits and deserved to be dismissed.

In its writ petition, the Association contended that due to drop in pass percentage among the students studying in welfare schools run by the Adi Dravida Welfare department, memos were issued to the teachers and penalties like stoppage of increments were also imposed.

The teachers have not erred in discharging their duties and it was only the students, who did not evince keen interest in education, resulting in the drop in pass percentage, the petitioner said, seeking a direction from the court not to initiate further action against the teachers.

UNI

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