Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) – Explanation of Minister in Parliament
While answering to a question in Parliament, Minister of Human Resource Development said that the Government does not propose to introduce any teacher’s ability test for private or Government Schools. However, in accordance with the provisions of sub-section (1) of Section 23 of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, the Central Government has notified the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) as the academic authority to lay down the minimum qualification for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher.
Accordingly, the NCTE vide its notification dated 23rd August, 2010, as amended vide its notification dated 29th July, 2011, laid down the minimum qualification for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher for classes I to VIII.
One of the eligibility criteria is that a person has to pass the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) conducted by the appropriate Government in accordance with the guidelines framed by NCTE. The Guidelines for the conduct of the TET were circulated to all the State Governments on 11th February, 2011 which has also been hosted on the website of the Ministry of Human Resource Development www.education.nic.in.
In accordance with the provision under the said Act, the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) will be conducted by the appropriate Government in accordance with the Guidelines framed by the NCTE. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is conducting the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) on behalf of the Central Government.