Kerala bishops oppose circular on appointments

July 25, 2013 by  
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They have termed it as ‘anti-minority’ and ‘unconstitutional.’

Kerala CabinetKerala, July 23, 2013: The Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council (KCBC) has dismissed a government circular on appointment of staff in aided higher secondary schools (HSSs) as unconstitutional.

“It infringes on the Christian minorities’ constitutional right to establish, administer and manage educational institutions for the community,” KCBC spokesperson Father Stephen Alathara said.

If the government goes ahead with the circular, the bishops would consider taking legal options against it, Father Alathara told ucanindia.in.

He said Catholic-managed schools should have the freedom to choose teaching and non-teaching staff in their institutions to safeguarded the interest of those institutions.

The circular issued by the directorate of higher education violates principles of the constitution, he said.

The Kerala Aided Higher Secondary School Managers’ Association too has come out against the circular. Association leaders have said that the circular would complicate appointments to teaching and non-teaching posts.

The Nair Service Society (NSS) had come out against the circular at the very outset, prompting state education minister P.K. Abdu Rabb to say that he would look into the matter.

Although these managements and community organizations have come out against it, pro-Left organizations have fully endorsed it on the plea that it is a step in the right direction to curb corruption in teaching and non-teaching staff appointments in aided higher secondary schools.

Although faced with loud objections, Director of Higher Secondary Education Kesavendra Kumar is understood to have stood his ground and explained to higher-ups in the department that he had only codified the rules and regulations that were already in existence.

– press release

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