July 28 will be an important day for Kanimozhy Kanna. That is when the Social Sciences teacher will take the CBSE’s Central Teacher Eligibility Test for the third time.
Kanimozhy, who wrote Paper II for those intending to teach classes VI to VIII, was not able to complete the paper within the stipulated time in November when the test was held the last time. “I would not say that the paper was difficult, but, it was challenging because more time was required to answer the analytical questions,” she said, adding that she expected to score more this time.
This test, which is mandated by Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 for recruitment of teachers in schools run by the Central government such as Kendriya Vidyalayas, was introduced in 2011.
The low pass percentage in the previous tests had given rise to debates on the quality of teacher education in the country.
C. Ramadoss, who is writing the test for the second time, has also appeared for the Tamil Nadu Teacher Eligibility Test.
“For those seeking a job in the State, TNTET is more challenging because the competition is greater,” he said. Mr. Ramadoss has set aside an hour in the morning to prepare for both the tests.
While around 5,000 candidates took the second CTET held in January 2012 in the city, around 3,000 appeared for the third CTET held in November 2012.
The ninety-minute test, which has 150 multiple choice questions, has two papers — one for those intending to teach classes I to V and another for those who wish to teach classes VI to VIII.
Candidates can submit online application between 15 March and 16 April. For further details, candidates can log on to www.cbse.nic.in or www.ctet.nic.in. SBOA School and Junior College in Anna Nagar West Extn will be the facilitation centre.