The Gujarat High Court on Tuesday posted for October 5 a bunch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of amendments to the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary (Amendment) Act, 2021, as per which the government can control administrative decisions taken in religious and linguistic minority schools.

The matter was taken up briefly before the division bench of Chief Justice Sunita Agarwal and Justice Aniruddha Mayee, where the petitioners – minority schools and associations – submitted that their main contention is with respect to appointment of teachers to linguistic and religious minority schools.

The 2021 amendments to the Act stipulate that a centralised recruitment policy shall be followed, including in minority institutions, for both teaching and non-teaching staff.

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