February 17, 2021: National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has planned to make a change in the recruitment of teachers of all levels in the government schools. It is planning to make it mandatory for the teachers to take up Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) and Central Teacher Eligibility Test.
The decision is aimed to enhance the quality of education in government schools. It will act as a standard for the recruitment of teachers also. This implies that aspirants teaching to classes 1st to 12th will be required to take up TET and clear the same to get recruited. Previously, TET was compulsory only for the candidates teaching till class 8 teachers.
Most of the people have shown their acceptance as they quoted as ‘upgrading of teachers’. This will not only offer students greater knowledge but will also test the teachers’ skills & knowledge. Vishnukant S Chatpalli, vice-chancellor, Karnataka State Rural Development, and Panchayat Raj University, Gadag stated that teachers constitute an integral part in imparting quality education to students.
He further added that making such recruitment tests compulsory will only favor society as it will aid in recruiting the best teachers in different schools. They are also deciding on extending these recruitment exams till class 12th.
UN Khaware, a retired additional commissioner of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) and advisor to the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, indicated towards different points. He said that this bold step will reduce the chances of wrongdoings and malpractices in the domain of education. Proving his point, he said that getting a BEd degree through money and muscle power is very easy nowadays.
Since a PG degree is needed for a Post Graduate Teacher in classes 9th to 12th, the TET/CTET exams will further aggravate the aspirants’ knowledge. These exams will test the degree of understanding the concepts.
The plan of making the exams compulsory is taken in compliance with the New Education policy so that teachers can contribute to building a bright future not only for the students but also for the nation. This will bring all the teachers under the same basic evaluation criteria hence providing standardization.
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