Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government is facing a dilemma over the mandatory Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) for the recruitment of teachers in primary and secondary schools.
According to reports, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) had issued the format of TET to the states more than six months ago, but the state government is yet to clear its stand on it.

The cause of concern is that if the same situation prevails the state will lose the opportunity to appoint BEd degree holders as teachers.

The officials of the Basic Education Department opine that only Chief Minister’s intervention would provide a solution to the problem.

The NCTE had issued the TET format for conducting examination to the states on February 11. And the Council of Education Research and Training had sent a proposal in the month of May to the government to organise the TET exam.

However, the administration was interested that Uttar Pradesh Board should hold the examination. The Secretary, Basic Education, had written to the Secondary Education Department for its approval to conduct the TET exam. But the department had returned the proposal since it was already burdened with the responsibility of organizing the High School and Intermediate examinations.  

Later, the Basic Education department approached the CBSE and ICSE but failed to get success, as the CBSE is under the Central government, while the ICSE is a private entity.

Since the state government had requested the NCTE to provide freedom to appoint BEd degree holders as teachers, the NCTE allowed the appointment of teachers in primary classes till January 2012.

The NCTE had set an eligibility of minimum 50 percent marks for BA/BSc/BCom or BEd degree holders provided they undergo a mandatory six month training from a NCTE recognised institute.