New Delhi, Apr 12 (PTI) The Delhi High Court today asked a senior officer of the Delhi Subordinate Services Selection Board (DSSSB) to appear before it along with the records relating to special educators in municipal schools here.

The absence of any representative from the DSSSB in the court in a matter prompted the court to call for the presence of the board’s secretary.

“Secretary of the DSSSB to remain present in court with records relating to recruitment of special educators,” a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said.

During the hearing, neither any advocate nor official of the board were present in the court which listed the matter for further hearing on April 19.

The bench had earlier sought response of the AAP government, the DSSSB and the South Delhi Municipal Corporation over the alleged delay in filling up 1,540 posts of special educators in municipal schools here.

The court was hearing an application moved by advocate Ashok Agarwal seeking direction to immediately issue dates for examination for filling up of the posts in terms of the advertisements issued in August last year.

It said that in pursuance to the high court’s September 2009 order, the unified MCD had created as many as 1,741 posts of special educators.

“Out of these 1,741 posts of special educators, 1,540 posts are still lying vacant, that means 89 per cent posts of special educators in MCD-run schools have not been filled up so far.

The plea had alleged that the authorities had not even conducted the examinations for these posts and that the board was “just sitting over the matter ignoring the seriousness of the same.” The application was moved in a petition by Mamta Devi and her husband Shyam Nandan, who sell vegetables in Katwaria Sarai in south Delhi.

Mamta Devi has moved the court saying her two sons with special needs had studied at government and municipality-run schools for years, but learnt nothing and were rather made a source of entertainment.

They said their disabled sons had stopped going to the school due to lack of special educators.

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