Karnataka Towards Gender Inclusivity: Reservation for Transgenders in Teacher Recruitment

This week, The Department of Public Instruction also known as the Department of School Education announced their one percent reservation in recruitment for Government teaching jobs for the transgender community, making Karnataka the first state to embrace gender inclusivity.

The state Department of Primary and Secondary Education has given out a notification for the recruitment of 15,000 teachers for grades 6 to 8, out of which 150 posts are reserved for the members of the transgender community, while 5,000 posts will be reserved for Kalyan Karnataka region.

There is no relaxation in the eligibility criteria for the members of the transgender community, the eligibility criteria for candidates to apply for the job is a graduate degree in any subject, and a B.Ed degree with a cleared Teacher Eligibility Test (TET).

According to the officials at the Department, The 1% posts will be merged with the rest of the categories if there is a lack of transgender applicants.

This development was observed following a petition filed in the Karnataka High Court in 2021 on the basis of the amendments made to the Karnataka Civil Service (General Recruitment) Rules, 1977.

The Commissioner of the Department of Public Instruction, Dr.Vishal R, said, “This is the first recruitment we are doing after the amendments were brought to the rules. Following the amendments and state government notification, we are reserving 1% posts for the transgender community,”

BC Nagesh, Primary and Secondary Education minister spoke to TNIE, he said, “We have called for recruitment of teachers, with reservation for transgenders. This is a significant step and we are hoping this will help the community join the mainstream,’’.

Rajyotsava Prashasti Awardee, Transgender activist, Dr.Akkai Padmashali spoke to TNIE,  “When there is no data on their education or socio-economic status, how can such a notification help them? As per the notification, there are 150 posts for transgenders and we don’t know if there are so many eligible people when it comes to education. The government should stress on their education,’’ she said.

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