Government Issues Guidelines for Ashram School Teachers Eligibility

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Government issues Academic Criteria Details for Ashram School Teachers Eligibility

The state government has issued details of the minimum academic criteria for the existing and the aspiring candidates in the all ashram schools for the Teachers Eligibility Test ( TET ).

The government notification dated 3rd October, 2013 has set the guidelines for the teachers for class I – VIII of all the ashram schools run by the Tribal Development Department, including the Eklavya schools. The ashram schools offer free education and residential facilities for the students belonging to the scheduled castes and tribes.

The government notification states that the candidates who want to appear for TET for Class I – V must have cleared the higher secondary certificate ( HSC ) or an equivalent examination with at least 50% marks. They should also have a two year diploma in education ( DEd ).

While, for the class VI – VIII, the candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with minimum 45% marks along with one year bachelor in education degree from a recognized institute.

Students with minimum 50% in the HSC and a four year degree in BA / BSC Ed will also qualify for the post.

Meanwhile, the given criteria is for the tribal development department run schools and state government is likely to issue another notification soon for the eligibility criteria for the post of primary school teacher in the government-aided, non-aided and private schools across the state.

D V Sahasrabuddhe, chairman, the Maharashtra State Examination Council ( MSCE ), said, “We are working on the planning of the examination. Around 4 – 5 lakh candidates are expected to apply for the test. Considering the less time, we are not going to conduct the test online. If everything goes fine and without any technical problem, the test is quite likely to be conducted in the last week of November. We are preparing the examination forms and the advertisement will be issued within a week for applications.”

The tribal development department runs more than 1,000 ashram schools with more than 3 lakh students. All the vacant posts in the ashram schools will have to be filled with the given criteria, even the present school teachers in the given ashram schools will have to fulfill the eligibility before 31st March, 2015.

The open category students have to score at least 60% in the 150 marks test to pass the TET exam. For the reserved category students, the passing percentage will be 55%.

The students, who clear the exam, will get the TET certificate, which will be valid for the seven years.

The GR however also stated that passing the TET does not guarantee employment in any of the institutes. The candidates fulfilling the educational and the professional criteria have to apply for the job through proper application and then only he will be eligible for the job and simply getting the TET certificate will not be enough for the job.

According to the notification, those teachers appointed for the post of primary teacher before 1st January, 2012 have to undergo a special six month’s training from the National Council for Teachers Education ( NCTE ), while the potential candidate with the DEd and BEd qualification too will have to undergo the same training program, once they qualify for the post.

The syllabus for TET will be based on the secondary and higher secondary school education. The test has been made compulsory for all the schools and irrespective of their funding status. The final year students, who are studying BEd or the DEd will be eligible for the test.

The notification instructed the MSCE to conduct the examination in the month of October / November this year and stated that it will be solely responsible for any administrative / technical errors.

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