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Maharashtra State Council of Examination Pune to conduct teachers' eligibility test

Maharashtra State Council of Examination Pune to conduct teachers' eligibility test

Anjaya Anparthi, TNN Aug 25, 2013, 07.18AM IST

NAGPUR: Announcing the process of teachers' eligibility test (TET) which had been made mandatory for all aspiring school teachers, the state government has appointed Pune-based Maharashtra State Council of Examination (MSCE) to conduct the examination before October-November end for this year. Open category candidates will have to obtain at least 60% marks to clear the test, which the mark is 55% for those from SC, ST, NT, SBC and OBC classes.
Clearing the confusion about those aspiring to join CBSE schools, additional chief secretary (school education and sports) JS Saharia told TOI that the state TET will not be mandatory for those who have cleared or wish to appear in CBSE's central TET (CTET). "Aspiring teachers may also appear in the state TET for qualifying to CBSE schools. TET is not mandatory for existing teachers and applicable for those aspiring to join as teachers from now onwards," he said.
According to provisions of The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, popularly known as Right to Education Act (RTE), the state school education and sports department made TET mandatory for all primary schools (Std I to VIII) through a notification dated February 2 and also set minimum academic and professional qualifications for aspiring teachers. Through a notification dated August 23, the department has finalized the process for TET.
According to details in the notification, TET will be conducted at least once a year or more according to the requirement. There will be two categories: Paper-I for those aspiring to become teachers for Std I to V and Paper-II for Std VI to VIII. The candidate has to clear both the papers. The TET will be based on the syllabus of high school and higher secondary school.
MSCE has been directed to ensure that the entire process - including application, submitting, allotment of roll number and centre and declaration of result - is conducted online. Aspiring teachers will have to first clear TET and submit the certificate for joining the school.

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