Madras HC rejects plea for staying TET

Chennai: The Madras High Court on Thursday dismissed a petition seeking to stay the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) to be held on 8 and 9 June, observing that a person who aspires to become a teacher must be competent enough to clear the exam.

Justice N Sathish Kumar rejected the plea of R Sakthivel, a resident of Krishnagiri, seeking to quash clause 11 of the 11 February 2011 TET notification assigning a maximum of seven years validity for TET certificate.

The petitioner submitted though the National Eligibility Test (NET) and State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) were also qualifying examinations similar to TET, the first two certificate have life-time validity.

Limiting the validity period of TET certificate was burdening the candidates and complicating the selection process, he said pleading for permanent validity for the TET certificate. Till the disposal of his main prayer for quashing the 2011 notification, he sought a stay on the notification issued for conducting TET exams on 8 and 9 June. The state government submitted that being a candidate the petitioner cannot dictate the terms of the exam.