Friday, April 27, 2012

Eligibility test not applicable for present teachers: Centre

New Delhi: The Central government on Friday stated that the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for teachers from class one to 8 are not applicable for present teachers. Union minister Kapil Sibal said the test would be applicable to new appointments. Minister was reply to the submission by MP Achuthan MP.

Many of the MPs sought explanation from the minister on the test, which made confusion among the teachers. The teachers unions from Kerala already protested against the test, which stated that teachers in schools where RTE would be applicable should pass the test. 

The notification was issued by National Council for Teachers Education, on August 23 2010. As per this in 2011-12 9.12 % (54,000) teacher passed the exam. In upper primary only 7% were passed. Only 5 to 6 % are being passed which points towards the hard work the teacher would have to do to pass the exam. If only fewer teachers would pass, there would be shortage of teachers, MPs said.

Kapil Sibal said less pass percentage of teachers who qualified Degree and BE.d is an evidence of low educational quality. Sibal said if small children were not being given good quality education, they would suffer during higher studies.

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