Tuesday, May 31, 2011

HC notice to govt over TET

HMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court on Tuesday issued notice to the state government asking them to explain why social science subject is not included in the teachers' eligibility test (TET), which is mandatory before recruitment of primary teachers and vidhya sahayaks. National Council for Teachers' Education (NCTE) last year made it mandatory for all aspiring primary teachers to clear an entrance test.

Accordingly, the state government came up with resolution for conducting the test. The TET is scheduled on June 12, and the last date for filling up the forms is June 2. On Tuesday, three aspirants approached the high court claiming that they could not submit online form, as social science subject is not available as an option. They are graduates in that subject.

Their inability to fill up the form would automatically result in their disqualification. Hence authorities should be directed to stall the examination and consider them as candidates by including social science as a subject, they requested. Justice J B Pardiwala has asked the authorities, including the director of primary education, secretary of state examination board and the state education department secretary, to file a reply by Thursday, when further proceeding is kept on this petition.

n addition, even BA/BEd with Urdu language as a subject was not in eligibility criteria for recruitment. Some of the aspirants approached the department on Monday and were assured of positive action by the officials.

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