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CBSE CTET 2014 will be held on February 16

The next CBSE CTET ( Central Teacher Eligibility Test ) exam will be held on 16th February, 2014 at different centres in India and abroad. The results of the last test came out on 2nd September, 2013.

The RTE Act has made it mandatory for all newly appointed and aspiring teachers to clear the test. The pass rate in the tests conducted so far have been quite poor.

According to the latest CBSE press release, there will be a provision for students to submit their online application in the coming days for which press advertisement will be issued by the Board by the end of this month.

The CBSE has been entrusted with the responsibility of conduct the CTET by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

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11% aspirants pass CTET 2013

Around 11% of 9.20 lakh candidates who appeared for the Central Teacher Eligibility Test of 2013 have cleared the exam whose results were declared on 3rd September, 2013.

The exam is now mandatory for aspiring school teachers.

The result was in sharp contrast to CTET 2012 ( December ) results where less than 1% of the aspirants managed to clear. This is the first time the pass percentage for CTET conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Exam has crossed the 10% mark after a continuous dip in performance.

Educationists raised an alarm after last year’s result over the quality of BEd degree being granted in the country. The CTET was introduced in 2011 by the human resource development ministry to improve the quality of teaching in schools after the enactment of the Right to Education Act.

CTET certification has been made mandatory to become a teacher for classes I to VIII in any central government school, while CBSE-affiliated schools can either recruit teachers based on CTET or the respective test conducted by states. The Delhi government has decided to adopt CTET for recruitment of teachers for government-run and aided schools. All CTET applicants need to be BEd graduates.

About 9.40 lakh aspirants registered for the test, conducted in November 2012. Some 7.96 lakh finally appeared for the test, of which only 4,849 managed to clear Paper I, II or both. Clearing Paper I is mandatory for those wishing to teach classes I to V while Paper 2 is for those wishing to teach classes VI to VIII. Aspirants who wish to get certified for classes I to VIII need to clear both the papers.

The papers feature objective questions which test the aspirants’ knowledge of English, mathematics and environmental science.

While the first CTET conducted in 2011 recorded a pass percentage of around 9%, the figure declined to around 7% in the subsequent test held on January 2012.

According to chairman of CBSE Vineet Joshi, nothing much has changed in the exam. “Probably candidates have understood the pattern better after the initial attempts. Probably they are better prepared. But we are happy that more candidates have managed to clear the test despite the difficulty level being maintained,” he said.

After the exams the candidates said that the difficulty level has been enhanced.

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Teachers set eyes on CTET 4.0

28th July, 2013 will be an important day for Kanimozhy Kanna. That is when the Social Sciences teacher will take the CBSE’s Central Teacher Eligibility Test for the third time.

Kanimozhy, who wrote Paper II for those intending to teach classes VI to VIII, was not able to complete the paper within the stipulated time in November when the test was held the last time. “I would not say that the paper was difficult, but, it was challenging because more time was required to answer the analytical questions,” she said, adding that she expected to score more this time.

This test, which is mandated by Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 for recruitment of teachers in schools run by the Central government such as Kendriya Vidyalayas, was introduced in 2011.

The low pass percentage in the previous tests had given rise to debates on the quality of teacher education in the country.

C. Ramadoss, who is writing the test for the second time, has also appeared for the Tamil Nadu Teacher Eligibility Test.

“For those seeking a job in the State, TNTET is more challenging because the competition is greater,” he said. Mr. Ramadoss has set aside an hour in the morning to prepare for both the tests.

While around 5,000 candidates took the second CTET held in January 2012 in the city, around 3,000 appeared for the third CTET held in November 2012.

The ninety – minute test, which has 150 multiple choice questions, has two papers – one for those intending to teach classes I to V and another for those who wish to teach classes VI to VIII.

Candidates can submit online application between 15th March, 2013 and 16th March, 2013. For further details, candidates can log on to www.cbse.nic.in or www.ctet.nic.in. SBOA School and Junior College in Anna Nagar West Extn will be the facilitation centre.


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