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CBSE - Central Teacher Eligibility
The implementation of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education
(RTE) Act, 2009 requires the recruitment of a large number of teachers across
the country in a time bound manner. In spite of the enormity of the task, it is
desirable to ensure that quality requirement for recruitment of teachers is not
diluted at any cost. It is therefore necessary to ensure that persons recruited
as teachers possess the essential aptitude and ability to meet the challenges of
teaching at the primary and upper primary level. In accordance with the
provisions of sub-section (1) of Section 23 of the RTE Act, the National Council
for Teacher Education (NCTE) had vide Notification dated 23rd August, 2010 and
29th July ,2011 laid down the minimum qualifications for a person to be eligible
for appointment as a teacher in classes I to VIII. It had been inter alia
provided that one of the essential qualifications for a person to be eligible
for appointment as a teacher in any of the schools referred to in clause (n) of
section 2 of the RTE Act is that he/ she should pass the Teacher Eligibility
Test (TET) which will be conducted by the appropriate Government in accordance
with the Guidelines framed by the NCTE.
The Rationale for including the TET as a minimum Qualification For a
person to be eligible for appointment as a Teacher is as under:
It would bring national standards and benchmark of teacher quality in
the recruitment process.
It would induce teacher education institutions and students from these
institutions to further improve their performance standards.
It would send a positive signal to all stakeholders that the Government
lays special emphasis on teacher quality.