Friday, March 7, 2014

Goa among seven states to not hold own Teacher Eligibility Test

PANAJI: Goa is one among seven of the 35 states and union territories across India that have not conducted an independent Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for its school teachers. The TET has been recommended by the central government Right of Child to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.

The TET has been made mandatory for teachers who have a diploma in education, but is not necessary for teachers who possess a degree in education.

Based on the RTE act's provisions, the directorate of education (DoE) issued a circular in January 2011 prohibiting schools from appointing teachers who have not cleared the TET. Director of education Anil Powar said that the circular was subsequently put on hold after the state realized that it was financially not feasible to conduct an independent TET for the state.

Powar said that only around 100 teachers a year are expected to answer the Goa TET, as against the large numbers in other states. "For Goa, the expenditure is high for conducting the test as against the number of teachers answering it. At present, Goa is still considering various modes through which the TET can be conducted by the state. We are also considering the possibility of the Goa Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education conducting the TET for the state's teachers. In the meantime, Goa teachers have to answer the central TET held at the national level to qualify to apply for a post," Powar said.

Other than Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka and most of the north-eastern states, Goa is one among seven across the country not to have conducted its own test.

The state council for educational research and training (SCERT) was first vested with the responsibility of holding the test in the state, but the test was initially called off because of lack of preparedness on the SCERT's part to conduct it.

The TET, considered to be on the lines of National Eligibility Test (NET), conducted by University Grants Commission for college teachers, is aimed at improving the selection procedure. The TET would test the general and subject knowledge along with a candidate's teaching skills.

Goa does not hold its own qualifying NET and SAT exams for the university and college teachers either because 'it is not financially viable'.

Goa college teachers answer the Maharashtra test.

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