Lucknow: Opening the gates of opportunities for the BEd degree holders, the Uttar Pradesh government has issued a revised Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) directive for the appointment of teachers in primary schools.

Clearing the clouds of doubts hovering over the fate of the BEd candidates, the state government has passed the order in accordance with the proposal approved in the Cabinet meeting in this regard.

The government issued the revised order which includes the educational qualifications mentioned in the latest notification issued by the National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE) on July 29.

According to the revised notification, a person with minimum 50 percent marks in graduation and BEd qualification or 45 percent marks in graduation with one year of BEd will be considered eligible for appointment in primary schools.

The new notification requires the appointment of teachers before 2012. After the appointment, the candidates must complete a six-month special programme on primary education recognised by the NCTE.

The candidates will be selected on the basis of the Teachers Eligibility Test conducted by the Uttar Pradesh government for the appointments.

The proposal which was approved by the state Cabinet on September 14 was based on the notifications issued by the NCTE released on August 23, 2010 and June 10, 2011. These notifications required the candidate to be a graduate with 50 percent marks in BA/BSc/BCom with BEd qualification in accordance with the then NCTE norms.

In accordance with the NCTE notification, the Basic Education Directorate had sent a revised proposal to the government on basis of which the revised order has been introduced.