TNN Nov 16, 2013, 03.17AM IST
PUNE: The state education department has directed all district education officers to oversee the proceedings of the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET), with the help of the district collector and other officials. The directive was issued against the backdrop of several problems that had cropped up after the announcement of TET, including submission of forms and a state syllabus for the test.
N U Raurale, joint secretary, state education department, said, "It is the first time that the TET is being conducted as per the guidelines of the Right to Education Act. So far, the responsibilities of conducting the exam was spread out, with the application collection entrusted to the Zilla Parishad and district education officers, while the state examination council was to look after preparation of forms and allotting seat numbers. This created many obstructions in the process. Hence, it was directed that every district must have a committee that would oversee the proceedings."
During the examination time, the district collector will play a big role in ensuring smooth implementation. "The examination will be conducted on the same lines as the state board exams. Police will provide security."
From the next year, this committee will be involved from the initial stages of the examination's planning, fixing syllabus, paper setting, conduct of examination and declaring of results, the directive said.
The officials of the district collectorate will also be asked to assist education officers in conducting the examination. Raurale said the committee will help solve issues regarding submission of forms and confusion over the syllabus.
The RTE Act stipulates that each state should conduct a TET to ensure quality of teaching in schools. It also makes the TET score an essential qualification for a candidate to be appointed as a teacher in Zilla Parishad, municipal schools as well as private institutions.