The Madras High Court on Wednesday held that completing class XII after finishing post graduate degree is not a hurdle for appointment.
Allowing a petition by V Kanimozhi challenging the order of the Teachers'' Recruitment Board (TRB), which rejected her candidature for the post of teacher, Justice S Nagamuthu directed it to consider her appointment as Post Graduate Assistant Teacher in Tamil within four weeks.
Kanimozhi had earlier failed in class XII examination.
Then under the Open University Scheme of the University of Madras, she did BA in Tamil and secured a degree. Thereafter she joined B.Ed regular course and obtained the degree. Later she secured MA degree under regular course from Annamalai University.
Realising that unless she had passed class XII examination she would not be eligible for appointment as Post Graduate Assistant Teacher, she did the course privately and passed the examination.
The TRB rejected Kanimozhi''s candidature on the ground that she passed the class XII examination after completing all other degree courses.
Kanimozhi submitted that she had passed the teachers examination test held on July 21 last year and was called for certificate verification.
After the process of verification was over, TRB published the final list in which her name was not found. TRB rejected her candidature quoting that she has not studied the courses in order.
The judge while quoting a Division Bench Judgment of Madras High Court, said, “It is crystal clear that as per the law laid down by the Division Bench the requirements shall stand satisfied if the candidate has studied 12th standard after completing B.A degree course.
“In other words, because courses are done in reverse order, it is no matter at all,” the judge said, quashing the order of rejection by TRB and directed it to consider the appointment of Kanimozhi.