The Gujarat Legislative Assembly passed an amendment in the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Bill on Wednesday. According to the new amendment, it is now mandatory to become the teachers and principals of minority educational institutes to clear the Teachers’ Aptitude Test.
Until now, the centralised process of hiring teachers through TAT was followed by the government schools and the grant-in-aided schools but now even the minority institutions have to follow the same procedure.
The Chief Minister’s Office, on their social media account, said that this change in the Bill has been as per the directives of the High Court and Supreme Court. It said, “The Gujarat Legislative Assembly passed the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (Amendment) Bill, making it mandatory to clear Teachers’ Aptitude Test to become teachers and principals in minority educational institutes as per directives of High Court and Supreme Court”.
The Education Minister of the state, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama was reported saying in the House that the said amendment is necessary to bring in quality education which will be a brighter opportunity to tap the power of students. He also made clear that from now on, the recruitment of teachers and principals will be done on the basis of proper qualification and TAT Examination.
Citing the Supreme Court’s judgement in this matter, the minister also emphasised that there would not be any compromise in the quality of education in the national interest, regardless of the fact that the education institution is run by a minority or not.
The TAT is an eligibility aptitude test conducted by the state government to recruit teachers.
The Amendment in the bill also has the provision for departments in other education departments (like Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment) to recognise secondary schools and higher secondary schools.
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