HPTET examination: Minimum relaxation to sports candidates

The state government can consider minimum marks relaxation to outstanding sports candidates for the HPTET examination as ordered by the Himachal Pradesh High Court. The Court has asked the Himachal Pradesh government to decide on the matter by January 31, 2021.

Judge Vivek Singh Thakur after hearing the petition filed by Pooja Sharma gave the order. The High Court said that the outstanding players have to spend most of their time in the playground instead of their book, and so such sportsperson are eligible to fall under a different category and get minimum marks relaxation in the Teacher’s Eligibility Test. Pooja Sharma, who appeared for the HPTET exam but was unable to score minimum marks in the exam. The petitioner then requested the authorities conducting the exam to consider her for the post of Junior Basic Training Teacher under the sports quota of 3 percent. She even mentioned that she participated in the women’s handball competition under the National games three times.

The court considers the plea of the applicant and said that the government has already provided a 3 percent reservation to the job under the sports category. The Court further ordered the appointing body of HPTET to consider the petitioner for the JBT Teacher post appliable from April 1, 2015.

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