State Teaching Eligibility Test
Anyone aspiring to become a teacher in a government school will have to compulsorily pass the State Teaching Eligibility Test (STET).
- STET will come into operation next year i.e 2011.
- BEd will become a two-year course, instead of the current one year.
- Diploma in education will be completely phased out.
NCTE has already withdrawn recognition of 585 institutions giving BEd and Diploma in Education degrees. Madhya Pradesh tops the list with 217 illegal institutions, followed by 103 in Gujarat, 41 each in Rajasthan and Karnataka, 31 in UP and 28 in Haryana.
Right now only three states - Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh conduct entrance examination for school teacher’s job. In the next three years, more than 10 lakh teachers would be recruited for the effective implementation of the Right to Education Act.
In its meeting on Monday, NCTE also decided that those with BEd and diploma in special education from the Rehabilitation Council of India would be given jobs in regular schools after a short orientation course in elementary education. “This will help increase the number of teachers as under the Right to Education Act lakhs of teachers have to be appointed to maintain the teacher-pupil ratio of 1:30,” Siddiqui said.
NCTE would lay down detailed guidelines for states to follow while conducting the examination. “The entrance test will push up the quality of teachers,” Siddiqui said.
NCTE has also decided to tell states that for teaching jobs in primary and upper primary schools, preference should be given to graduates. At present, people with 10+2 and two year’s diploma also get the job of teachers for primary and upper primary section.
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