Allahabad HC asks Election Commission to spare teachers from Poll Duty
Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court has directed Election Commission to spare teachers from poll duty during examinations.
The order was passed by a two-judge division bench comprising Chief Justice DB Bhosle and Justice Yashwant Sinha on Tuesday.
High Court order:
The High Court has issued directions while hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the Uttar Pradesh Primary Teachers’ Association of Ghaziabad.
What PIL stated:
The PIL moved by the association in the High Court had pleaded that the Right To Education Act, 2009 makes education right of every child but this would be made possible only when teachers do their duty regularly.
What election Commission said to Allahabad HC:
The Election Commission, responding to the PIL had argued that it was difficult to keep teachers away from poll duty. It said that election work is also a national duty.
The division bench passed the order in favour of teachers’ association and refrained the EC to deploy teachers for poll duty during examinations.