Relaxation for State TET-qualified candidates

Staff Reporter
 GUWAHATI, April 19 – The Ministry of Human Resource Development has issued an extraordinary notification, making nearly 20,000 Teachers’ Eligibility Test (TET) qualified candidates eligible to get absorbed as teachers in the government sector without the Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree or the Diploma in Elementary Education (DEEd).

The minimum teacher qualification was relaxed for 16 months and 25 days exclusively for Assam with effect from the date of notification (April 13, 2017) after the State Government pressed for another extension as the previous extension of five years could not be utilised properly due to various reasons.

This was informed by Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during a press conference here today.

As per the Right to Education Act, holding a BEd degree (classes I to V) and a DEEd (classes VI to VIII) was a prerequisite for a TET-qualified candidate to get absorbed as teachers in the government set-up.

The minister stated that out of the 88,571 candidates who have passed the TET, more than 68,000 have been provided appointment.

“Some 19,709 candidates are still awaiting appointment as they are without BEd degrees and DEEd against the existing 14,331 vacancies. The new relaxation will pave the way for their appointment as well,” Sarma said, adding, “Now 80 per cent of the total TET-qualified can be absorbed in the government sector.”

“However, post appointment, they will have to acquire the requisite degree or diploma within a specified period of time,” the minister said.

“We will publish advertisements for the vacancies and accordingly, posts will be filled up. As there is a relaxation, those without BEd degree and DEEd can also apply,” he pointed out.

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