Patna: Following the Supreme Court verdict on recruitment of trained teachers in Bihar, the state government has taken a decision to appoint 34,540 teachers in January next year.

The Nitish Kumar-led state government has also decided to conduct Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for primary teachers as schedule earlier and is yet to finalise the date for secondary teachers’ TET.

While interacting with reporters here on Thursday, Bihar’s Human Resources Minister PK Shahi said, “the TET for primary teacher will take place on December 3-4, while the test for secondary teachers will probably be held in January 2011, as the government is yet to finalise the date.”

Shahi, who held a review meeting with the department officials, said that in order to complete the appointment process after the counseling session, the state staff selection board has been instructed to issue the list of 34,540 selected teachers in all the districts.

According to the Minister, the delay in conducting the TET for secondary teachers is due to the subject group prepared by the HRD Ministry for social sciences—political science, Economics, history etc. The applicants will have to take the exams of either of the two subjects. Therefore the government has to prepare a formula so that teachers are available for the subjects of social sciences, he added.

Similarly, the applicants for physical education and music for secondary teachers will also have to take the test.

The Minister, however, expressed the problem the government is facing in conducting this competitive examination for the teachers.