A special Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) for the differently-abled unemployed candidates possessing B.Ed degrees will be conducted by the Teachers’ Recruitment Board, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said on Monday.

Review meeting

She announced this after a review meeting, which was convened in the backdrop of the recent protests by visually impaired persons demanding priority for them in graduate teacher recruitment.

They also wanted the authorities to appoint them as teachers in special schools for the visually impaired. Some of her ministers and senior officials of different departments participated in the review meeting.

In a statement, Ms.Jayalalithaa said candidates clearing the special TET would be appointed in the backlog vacancies and the vacancies that would arise in future. Visually impaired candidates applying for the eligibility test and their scribes would be provided special training by the School Education Department through the District Institute of Education and Training across the State.

Further, the Chief Minister said 200 visually impaired candidates holding post graduate degrees would be employed in the backlog vacancies once they clear the test conducted by the Teachers’ Recruitment Board for PG candidates.

The government, Ms. Jayalalithaa said, would also take steps to employ 100 visually impaired candidates who had cleared the National Eligibility Test and State Level Eligibility Test would be appointed as assistant-lecturers in backlog vacancies and vacancies that would arise in future.