With a few weeks left for the new academic year to begin, clauses of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act have come into focus.

In that context, the School Education Department would have to take a decision on conducting a Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) to recruit teachers for classes I to VIII.

According to sources in the Directorate of Teacher Education Research and Training (DTERT), a TET would have to be conducted for all the new recruits to be posted to government and aided schools.

“While the CBSE will hold the test at a national level, the state government would have to identify a professional body or agency to conduct it for teachers in the State,” an official said. The RTE Act emphasises that persons recruited as teachers possess the essential aptitude and ability to meet the challenges of teaching at the primary and upper primary level.

In accordance with the provisions the RTE Act,one of the essential qualifications is that teachers should pass the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET), which would be conducted by the appropriate government in accordance with the guidelines framed by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE)

The Ministry of Human Resource Development has entrusted the responsibility of conducting the Central Teacher Eligibility Test to the CBSE. The CTET would be held on June 26.

The TET would include subjects such as child development, pedagogy, mathematics, language and environmental science.

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Meera SrinivasanJune 28, 2012

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