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CBSE unveils eligibility test for teachers

To ensure quality teaching and “proper implementation of the Right to Education Act”,the Central Board of Secondary Education is conducting an eligibility test for recruiting teachers in its schools.

Written by Maroosha Muzaffar | New Delhi |
April 11, 2011 3:51:45 am

Central Teacher Eligibility Test will be held on June 26; valid for seven years,it will help recruitment of teachers for classes I to VIII

To ensure quality teaching and “proper implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act”,the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is conducting an eligibility test for recruiting teachers in its schools.

A first of its kind,the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) will be valid for seven years for all categories. It will help recruit teachers to schools of the Central government — Kendriya Vidyalayas,Navodaya Vidyalayas,Tibetan schools,etc — and schools under the control of Union Territories of Chandigarh and Andaman and Nicobar,according to the CBSE. “The test may also apply to the unaided private schools.”

“The RTE Act requires recruitment of teachers across the country in a time-bound manner; it is desirable to ensure that quality requirement for recruitment of teachers is not diluted. It is,therefore,necessary to ensure that teachers possess the essential aptitude and ability to meet the challenges of teaching at the primary and upper primary level,” said an official of the CBSE.

The test is scheduled to be held on June 26 at various centres across the country.

The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) had,in August last year,laid down the minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers in classes I to VIII.

“One of the essential qualifications… is that he/she should pass the Teacher Eligibility Test,which will be conducted by the appropriate government in accordance with the guidelines framed by the NCTE,” the official said.

According to the CBSE,the eligibility test will “help bring national standards and benchmark of teacher quality in the recruitment process…. It would induce teachers’ education institutions and students from these institutions to further improve their performance standards”.

All questions in the CTET will be multiple choice and there will be no negative marking. There will be two papers in the test — Paper I for teachers for classes I to V; Paper II for teachers for classes VI to VIII.

The candidates appearing in the CTET will be issued marks statement by the CBSE. The candidates securing 60 per cent and above will get a CTET certificate.

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