DAYS AFTER he wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding exemption of Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for shiksha mitras (para teachers), the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), which the state had also written to three weeks ago, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday claimed that the Centre has “accepted” the request. Senior officials, however, said that the state government would not make any formal announcement until its Law Department had examined the response from the NCTE which it received recently.
The state wants the Centre to remove the necessary clause for appointment as government teachers which requires that the candidates clear the TET. The exemption, if applied, would make possible the regularisation of 1.72 lakh shiksha mitras in the state, thereby facilitating the way for their appointment as government teachers.
Shiksha mitras have held protests in the state and in Delhi after the high court in its September 12 order stated that the state was not only “illegal” in lowering the minimum qualification for the appointment to the post of Shiksha Mitras by exempting them from TET but “compounded” it further by absorbing them in the service.
A senior officer informed that NCTE, in its reply to the CM’s letter, has said that those working before 2010 can be exempted from TET. “There is ambiguity in the response at present. We are examining it from the legal point of view,” the officer said.