Goa not hold Teacher Eligibility Test
Goa is one among seven of the 35 states and union territories across India
that have not conducted an independent Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for its
school teachers. The TET has been recommended by the central government Right of
Child to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009.
The TET has been made mandatory for teachers who have a diploma in education,
but is not necessary for teachers who possess a degree in education.
Based on the RTE act's provisions, the directorate of education (DoE) issued
a circular in January 2011 prohibiting schools from appointing teachers who have
not cleared the TET. Director of education Anil Powar said that the circular was
subsequently put on hold after the state realized that it was financially not
feasible to conduct an independent TET for the state.
Powar said that only around 100 teachers a year are expected to answer the
Goa TET, as against the large numbers in other states. "For Goa, the expenditure
is high for conducting the test as against the number of teachers answering it.
At present, Goa is still considering various modes through which the TET can be
conducted by the state. We are also considering the possibility of the Goa Board
of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education conducting the TET for the state's
teachers. In the meantime, Goa teachers have to answer the central TET held at
the national level to qualify to apply for a post," Powar said.
Courtesy : The Times of India