Teaching aspirants want the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) to be conducted every year as it is mandated under the Right to Education (RTE) act.
The RTE Act states that the Central and State Government should conduct the exam at least once a year. The TET test is offered as two papers. To be eligible for teacher postings in the primary section ( class 1 -5), candidates need to qualify in paper 1. Moreover, to be eligible for middle school postings (class 6 – 8), candidates need to clear paper 2.
Teacher Eligibility Test twice a year
However, the central government conducts TET twice a year and the state government has not conducted TET for several years.
G. Anto Ignatius, secretary of the Catholic Minority said, “Till date, the Teachers Recruitment Board had conducted TET only for five times. The exams held in July 2012, October 2012, August 2013, April 2017 and June 2019. G Anto appealed to the Madras High Court to order the State government to conduct TET.
” The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has made it mandatory to conduct TET test annually,” he pointed out.
80,000 aspirants had not received postings
An aspirant said, “The TET conducted in 2017 was mired in controversy due to complaints of malpractice. Following which 200 aspirants were declared to have indulged in malpractice and disqualified. He is waiting for a posting since 2013. According to him, around 80,000 aspirants who have qualified for the exam had not received their postings yet. He claimed that around 12 aspirants had died waiting for job postings.
Follow the Kerala model
” Not conducting the TET was against the Constitution, RTE Act and NCTE guidelines,” Mr. Anto pointed out.
“Every year, there are thousands of aspirants who complete their B.Ed and more who finish their diploma in teacher’s education. States like Kerala, Uttar Pradesh conducted the test regularly. This enabled aspirants to get jobs in government as well as private schools, he added.
“The State follows the Kerala model. Kerala conducts the test in November. It announces the results in Dec. This allows aspirants who qualify B.Ed to complete the TET. Also, eligible for appointment at the beginning of the next academic year,” he suggested.