SDMS issued pre-action protocol letter to Teaching Service Commission

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    The Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha has sent a pre-action protocol letter to the Teaching Service Commission for what it says are unlawful changes to the method of recruiting teachers for denominational schools.

    The SDMS says the settled practice in accordance with Article 4 of the Concordat, is for Denominational Boards to firstly interview applicants for teaching positions, assess them, and then submit a list of candidates to the TSC for approval by way of interview.

    The SDMS says at a meeting between the TSC and the Association of Denominational Boards of Education on October 5th 2022, the TSC said it was considering a policy that would cease the acceptance of new applications unless there were vacancies, accept applications only for known vacancies and interview applicants in accordance with the oldest first.

    SDMS said would result in the TSC rejecting applications which were already made directly to the Boards and the consequent names submitted by the Boards to the TSC for interview.

    The change was rejected by the Association however it received a letter dated November 25th 2022, in which the TSC allegedly stated that it had already made a policy decision in September 2021 to cease accepting unsolicited applications and treat only with applications in response to vacancies.

    The letter also allegedly advised that Denominational Boards will then be required to select from the order of merit list generated solely by the Education Ministry.

    The SDMS maintains that the practice for recruiting teachers is clearly and unambiguously outlined in the Concordat and called for the TSC to revert to it and to give a written undertaken within 14 days that this will be done.

    It adds that failure to respond or comply will see the matter being taken to the High Court.