Clear two rounds of test to become teacher: Govt

Chennai: Teachers who clear Tamilnadu Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) will have to pass another round of test to qualify, according to a Government Order issued today.

Recently, during the Joint Action Council of Tamil Nadu Teachers’ Organisations and Government Employees’ Organisations (JACTTO-GEO) strike, State School Education Secretary, Pradeep Yadav, informed that clearing TET or a B.Ed degree is the minimum required qualification for secondary grade teachers.

However, it should be noted that the existing 8,000-odd teachers employed in matriculation schools are still awaiting the conduct of the test to continue working in the role. The set deadline is 31 March. The State School Education Minister, K A Sengottaiyan, time and again promised of conducting it, but other officials state that they have not taken any measure for the exam.

As per the Right of Children for Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, a teacher handling class 1 to 8 is required to clear TET conducted by the government. The State adopted the rule in 2011 and so far the test has been held only twice – 2013 and 2017. The results of the test showed that 95 per cent of the teachers failed which evaluated their competency in mathematics, science and other subjects.

In yet another recent development, the high-level TET committee has brought an end to the confusion with respect to five per cent relaxation of scores for candidates who come under reserved category. It stated that the relaxation would be retained, suggested that the exam will be held every year and the result to be valid for a period of seven years.

NT Bureau