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Assam plans skill test to recruit new teachers

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Assam plans skill test to recruit new teachers
The government has introduced a Teacher’s Eligibility Test to recruit teachers for both government and private schools to pep up teaching standards
Submitted on 06/13/2011 - 10:06:13 AM
By Amritanshu

Guwahati: Assam government has introduced a Teacher’s Eligibility Test (TET) to recruit teachers for both government and private schools to improve quality of education.

State Education Department will recruit about 31, 000 new teachers in the state’s schools and the candidates eager to take up teaching profession will have to sit for TET to be eligible for recruitment.

State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the TET has been introduced to improve the state’s overall quality of education and properly implement the Right to Education Act in the state.

“We are planning to revamp the entire system of education and introduce reform measures in the next five years. As a first step we are introducing TET to make sure that our students get quality education from quality teachers,” Sarma said.

The TET will begin from October and those with 50 per cent marks in both matric and higher secondary (class 12) will be eligible to sit for the test. The results of TET will be announced in one week time before the qualified candidates can appear for interviews for teacher’s job.

“The TET will also be mandatory for teachers’ recruitment in private schools. But those already in the job can take in-house training and those applying for new recruitment must have to pass the TET first. We will provide in-house training to the existing government teachers,” Sarma said. The government will soon issue a notification in this regard, he said.

Out of the 31, 000 new teachers to be recruited, 6, 081 will be for Art, Health and Physical Education purposes.

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