Eligibility test mandatory for teaching job

GUWAHATI, June 13: Now eligibility test is a must for those wishing to be teachers in Assam. The Teacher's Eligibility Test (TET) will apply to all the lower primary (LP) and middle English (ME) schools under the public and private sectors. It is part of the schemes for education reforms announced by Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma here on Monday.
According to Sarma, while focusing onthe Right to Education Act 2009, the government, through education reforms, will try to check degeneration of the education system, restore the dignity of teachers, attract qualified people to the teaching profession and improve educational infrastructure. The government will appoint 31,000 teachers by January, 2012. The governing committees of the schools will be empowered like the governing bodies of the colleges in Assam. The State will have 12 more government colleges. Rs 8 crore has been earmarked for each of the 12 proposed government colleges. The State needs four more universities. Work on two new universities will start soon.
"Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act 2009, education has become a fundamental right. The RTE Act rules will be passed by the next session of the State Assembly. Every school will have a minimum of two teachers. We'll appoint 31,000 teachers by January, 2012. The candidates wishing to apply for the post of teacher, both government and private, will have to pass the mandatory Teacher's Eligibility Test (TET) securing not less than 60 per cent marks. Only the candidates clearing the TET will be able to appearfor the interview," said the Education Minister at a press conference here.
ST, SC and OBC candidates will have to score not less than fifty-five per cent marks in the TET to be eligible to apply for the job of teacher. The TET candidates need to obtain a minimumof 50 per cent marks in the aggregate in their higher secondary arts and science examinations to qualify for the TET. ST, SC and OBC candidates with average 45 per cent marks in their higher secondary arts and science examinations will be able to sit for the TET.
The TET will be held for the first time in Assam in October, 2011. The results of the TET will be announced within seven days of the test. The posts of teachers will be advertised in November, while the appointments will be given in January, 2012.
Of the 31,000 teachers to be appointed, 25,751 will be general-category teachers of LP and ME schools. ME schools will have 6,081 part-time teachers of art, health and physical and work experience subjects.
Academic units, comprised of retired renowned teachers, will be formed bythe deputy commissioners in their respective districts. The academic units will inspect the schools and give reports to the deputy commissioners concerned.
Sarma said the "non-provincialized" schools established till 2006 would be "provincialized" in a phased manner on the basis of a rule.
He also said, "The teachers of the high schools having less than 30 per cent pass record in the HSLC examination will be transferred to different parts ofthe State and replaced by qualified teachers."
A total of 130 high schools, including "non-provincialized" ones, scored nil pass percentage in the 2011 HSLC examination. The headmasters/principals of these high schools have been asked to attend a meeting with the Education Minister in Guwahati on July 24. The meeting will assess why the 130 high schools fared so badly in this year's HSLC examination. (SENTINELASSAM)

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