CTET candidates to get an extra hour in July exam
The toughest exam in the country, going by its failure rate,
now offers a lifeline to candidates appearing in paper scheduled for July. The
time duration of Central Teachers Eligibility Test (CTET) has now been extended
by an hour, giving teachers 150 minutes to complete the paper whose format will
remain unchanged. This decision is a temporary measure put in place till
National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) takes a final call on the exam
CTET is the biggest bi-annual exam held in the country with
almost 10 lakh teachers appearing each time. This test is mandatory for new
recruits to CBSE affiliated schools in the country, but its 'toughness' had
raised various questions. The last exam held saw less than 1% teachers pass, a
figure which has been steadily declining from its best of 13%.
TOI had reported earlier that teachers found the older time
duration of 90 minutes inadequate to complete 150 questions in the multiple
choice format. The new time duration now allows one minute for every question
which seems to be more acceptable to everyone.
Prerna Solomon, a trainee teacher, said, "The last time I
gave the exam I could not complete all the questions. With just 40 odd seconds
for every question it was almost impossible to go through everything, it was an
impractical decision. It is good that finally someone is looking at it sensibly,
but still people like me have unnecessarily wasted a year."
Courtesy: Times of India