Lucknow: Coming as good news for those who wish to qualify for teaching in primary and secondary schools, the state government has approved that any graduate who clears one year of Bachelor of Education (BEd) is also eligible for the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) along with the BA, BCom and BSc aspirants.

The minimum eligibility for TET has also been reduced from 50 percent to 45 percent. The DEd (Special Education) and BEd (Special Education) candidates can sit for the test while 5 percent rebate in qualifying points has been given to the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes, Other Backward Classes and physically challenged candidates.

The state government issued the revised order on TET mandate released on September 7. Under the Right to Education, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) issued a notification on August 23, 2010 making the TET compulsory as a screening test for recruitment of teachers in primary and secondary schools. The minimum educational qualification for recruitment of teachers was also stipulated in the notification.

In the older mandate, the state government had set minimum eligibility of 50 percent marks in BA /BSc/BCom and one year of BEd from an institute recognised by the NCTE and the Uttar Pradesh government.