Higher Education Minister P Palaniappan on Saturday clarified that reservation policy would be followed only for appointment of teachers and not for the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) conducted by the Teachers Recruitment Board.
Replying to the requests of members of various parties to adopt reservation policy for the TET too, the Minister said the objective of the government was to appoint qualified teachers to the schools. For the SSLC and Higher Secondary examinations, reservation policy was not being followed and the eligible marks were similar for all. Once candidates pass the TET, then reservation would be applicable for their appointment, he added.
When the members pointed out that the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), in its guidelines had allowed State governments in giving concessions for candidates of certain sections in deciding pass marks, Minister said they were only guidelines and not mandatory.
Already, the Tamil Nadu State Platform for Common School System had filed a complaint with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes against the TRB for not adopting the reservation policy in the conduct of TET in Tamil Nadu.
Following the complaint, the Commission had sent notice to the TRB seeking explanation.
Restore denotified Tribe status: AIFB
All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) member PV Kathiravan on Saturday urged the State government to restore the Denotified Tribes status to the people of these communities instead of calling them as Denotified Communities. Since 1914 till 1979, the Denotified Tribes title remained and as a result, the members of this Tribes received many concessions from the State government. However, after changing the status to Denotified Communities, they had been denied the concessions
DMK announces session boycott
DMK floor leader MK Stalin on Saturday announced that the party would boycott the rest of the current session of the State Assembly as a mark of protest to the attitude of the Speaker towards the DMK members
DMDK member praises jaya
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