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Panel to monitor first Teachers Eligibility Test

Panel to monitor first Teachers Eligibility Test

Abhishek Choudhari, TNN Nov 19, 2013, 01.03AM IST

NAGPUR: The state government is going full steam ahead to ensure that its first Teacher Eligibility Test (TET), post-Right To Education Act (RTE) era, is a success. The school education ministry has announced the formation of district level monitoring committee to ensure that there are no glitches during the test scheduled for December 15.
In a note issued to district level education offices the ministry has informed that around five lakh candidates will appear for TET, which is now mandatory for candidates seeking employment as teachers. There will be eight members in each district committee which will be headed by the collector. The other members will include zilla parishad CEO, police chief or his/her representative, civic body's education department head, and remaining members from within the state's education department.
Mahesh Karajgaonkar, deputy director of education for Nagpur division said, "We have been conducting awareness meetings with district level officials of the education department so that they can disseminate information. This being the first TET, and a major one considering the number of applicants, the state wants to ensure that there is a perfect coordination among all stakeholders."
The RTE Act has asked schools to recruit teachers based of the TET conducted either by the central or state government. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been conducting its Central Teachers Eligibility Test (CTET) and it is mandatory for government-funded schools. The CBSE has also amended its bye-laws which make it mandatory for all affiliated schools to have CTET certified teachers, but due to the shockingly high failure rate it cannot be enforced.
There are speculations that the state's TET might be easier to ensure that more and more teachers get certified, else this may lead to acute shortage of certified teachers in the coming years. A senior education official said, "Considering the high failure rate at CBSE's test we believe that our TET will be easier. We have a lot of candidates from rural areas as well and it becomes tough to evaluate everyone on the same scale, probably unfair too. The state will try to provide a balanced paper so that candidates have a level playing field."

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