Quota Kicks in for TET, Cut-off Lowered to 55% - The New Indian Express

Quota Kicks in for TET, Cut-off Lowered to 55%

Published: 04th February 2014 07:27 AM

Last Updated: 04th February 2014 07:27 AM

After considering views expressed by members cutting across the political spectrum, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday announced a relaxation of marks for reserved category candidates in the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET).

Following the move, candidates from reserved categories need to secure only 55 per cent of marks instead of 60 per cent fixed for a pass in the TET.

“Though it has been fixed that candidates have to score 60 per cent to secure a pass in the TET, candidates belonging to SC/STs, BCs, MBCs, BCs among Muslims, Denotified Communities and Differently Abled would be given a concession of five per cent marks,” the Chief Minister said replying to a discussion on the motion of thanks to the Governor’s address to the House.

She also observed that 69 per cent reservation was being fully followed in the appointment of teachers and the State government has been giving more concession to the candidates than what was prescribed by the Central government.

The CM said according to the RTE Act, 2009, the teachers to be appointed in schools should pass the TET and the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) had made TET mandatory for teachers from Classes I to VIII. As per the NCTE notification, secondary grade teachers for Classes I to V should have scored 45 per cent marks in the Class XII exams besides passing the two-year diploma course in teacher training. If the candidate had acquired the diploma before 2002, he/she should have secured 50 per cent in the Class XII exams.

On April 1, 2011, the NCTE had said SC/ST candidates can be given relaxation of five per cent marks in the Class XII exams and the degree course — i.e. SC/ST candidates who have completed the Teaching Training Diploma after 2002 should have scored 40 per cent marks in the higher secondary course and 45 per cent marks in case they had completed the course before 2002.  However, as of now, those who have scored 35 per cent are being allowed to write the TET. “Thus, the State has given more concession than the Centre,” the CM said.

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