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CTET 2019: Supreme Court rejects the plea of introducing 10% EWS quota

By: Archana on May 27, 2019

On the long pending argument of whether 10% quota for the economically weaker section (EWS) should be introduced in the Central Teachers Eligibility Test (CTET)-2019 or not, the honorable Supreme Court has shown disagreement.

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The Supreme Court rejected the 10% quota for the economically weaker section (EWS) in Central Teachers Eligibility Test (CTET)-2019 on May 13, 2019.

Justice Indira Banerjee who was leading the vacation bench formed by the court, has highlighted that it is not fair to have reservation in qualifying the examination. She further added that “For qualifying examinations there cannot be any reservations. This is wholly misconceived. CTET is merely a qualifying examination. The issue of reservation will come up only at the time of admission.”

The petitioners who claims to belong to the EWS category was not very happy about the statement of the court, so the court has agreed to hear the petitioners. The petitioners augmented that as per the advertisement published by CBSE on January 23, 2019 regarding conducting CTET 2019, the reservation benefit was not given to the candidates belonging to EWS category, so the petition was filled to ensure that the people belonging to this particular section should be given similar benefits like the one given to the other categories (ST, SC and OBC) in the advertisement.

According to the petitioners, who are also the aspirants for upcoming CTET examination, the notification is in violation of their rights conferred upon them under the Constitution that was amended to allow 10% reservation for the EWS in the general category.

Justice Indira Banerjee and Sanjiv Khanna of the vacation bench has issued a notice to the centre and the central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to prepare a report and respond to the plea challenging their advertisement.

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