New Delhi: While hearing a plea seeking 10 per cent quota for the economically weaker section in Central Teacher Eligibility Test-2019, the Supreme Court, on Monday, said, “For qualifying examinations there cannot be any reservation.”
While clarifying that reservation of any class plays a role only during admissions, a vacation bench of Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said, “For qualifying examinations there cannot be any reservations. This is wholly misconceived. This (CTET) is merely a qualifying examination. The issue of reservation will come up only at the time of admission.”
Earlier the bench had dismissed petitioner Rajneesh Kumar Pandey’s along with other CTET candidates’ plea but later agreed to hear it on May 16 after petitioner’s lawyer urged the court to consider the matter.
The petitioners in their plea challenged the notification issued by the CBSE on the ground of violation of the rights guaranteed under the Constitution.
The petitioners, in their plea, said, “Recently the CBSE has published advertisement dated January 23, 2019 for conducting Central Teacher Eligibility Test, 2019 in which this benefit has not been given to the economically weaker section of the society and therefore the present writ petition is being filed to make sure that people covered under economically weaker section of the society are given similar benefit like other reserved category (SC, ST and OBC) starting with CTET-2019 advertisement.”