Puducherry yet to decide on Teacher's Eligibility Test

Primary schools across the Union Territory have been forced to delay their teacher recruitment process as the government takes a decision on the Teacher's Eligibility Test (TET).

As part of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, all teachers recruited after the notification of the rules of the Act must undertake a TET. The neighbouring States of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh have notified their eligibility tests but the Union Territory is yet to take a decision.

Schools that follow CBSE syllabus have their own test, which applies for Navodaya Vidyalayas and Kendriya Vidyalayas.

According to a source in the Education Department, problem arises since the boards followed in various enclaves of the Union Territory are different. While Puducherry and Karaikal follow Tamil Nadu's Samacheer Kalvi, Yanam follows the Andhra Pradesh State Board system and Mahe follows the Kerala State Board system. Since all systems have a different eligibility test, the problem arises, the source said.

Initially, accepting only the CBSE TET was considered. But, since its standard is higher than the State Board's TETs, it might exclude a large number of teachers. Instead, the department is considering adopting the Tamil Nadu, Andhra, Kerala as well as the CBSE TETs, but a decision is yet to be taken, the source said.

Private schools have also halted their recruitment until the TET model is fianlised.

Speaking to The Hindu on teacher recruitment, Director of School Education E. Vallavan said there was a five-year leeway by which teachers had to complete the TET. The department had sent a proposal to the Lieutenant Governor for approval and details of the proposal would be revealed after the government made a decision, he said.

At the same time, the department was also in the process of assessing the number of vacancies in government schools, as many students were migrating to private schools. It had also submitted new recruitment rules for processing. Once the assessment is completed and the TET outlines and recruitment rules are approved, the recruitment process would begin, he said.