NCTE has extended validity of CTET, TETs from 7 years to Life Time. The validity of the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) and other state Teacher Eligibility Tests (TETs) has been extended from seven years to Life Time. The decision was taken by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) during the 50th Meeting of the General Body of NCTE held on September 29, 2020.
The Central Government has made a key announcement on the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET). Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal has announced that the deadline for TET eligibility certificate will be extended from seven years to life. He clarified that this has been applicable since 2011. He suggested that states should take steps to issue fresh TET certificates to candidates who have already completed seven years. The minister said the decision was taken by the central government with the aim of creating more jobs in the teaching profession.
The National Council for Teachers’ Education (NCTE) issued directives in 2011 forcing TET to join schools as teachers. To date, state governments have been conducting TET examinations. While the TET certificate is currently valid for seven years, it has recently been decided to extend the validity of the TET certificate for lifetime.
TET Validity is Life Time: Validity period of Teachers Eligibility Test qualifying certificate extended from 7 years to lifetime. Union Education Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ announced that Government has decided to extend the validity period of Teachers Eligibility Test qualifying certificate from 7 years to lifetime with retrospective effect from 2011.
The respective State Govts. /UTs will take necessary action to revalidate/issue fresh TET certificates to those candidates whose period of 7 years has already elapsed, he added. Shri Pokhriyal said this will be a positive step in increasing the employment opportunities for candidates aspiring to make a career in the teaching field.
Teachers Eligibility Test is one of the essential qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in schools. The Guidelines dated 11th February 2011 of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) laid down that TET would be conducted by the State Governments and the validity of the TET Certificate was 7 years from the date of passing TET.*
As per the minutes of the meeting, the NCTE approved the extension of validity of TET certificate from 7 years to the Life Time. “This provision would have prospective effect and those who have already passes out (already having TET certificate), NCTE would take legal opinion and will act accordingly,” the minute from the meeting reads.
This decision of NCTE could be a relief for many TET certified candidates who could not apply for teacher recruitment due to expiry of its validity after 7 years. It will also increase the employment opportunities for candidates aspiring to make a career in teaching field.
The candidates should note that the extension of TET or CTET validity is not effective as of now. The respective states and the boards will notify the implementation of this decision after the NCTE officially notifies the same.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), and other Boards responsible for conducting the TETs will soon announce an update regarding the same on their official websites. Candidates are advised to keep an eye on the official website of the TET boards to get the latest update.
- What is the validity of TET Certificate?
As per the NCTE Norms, TET Certificate validity is lifetime
TET Certificate Validity
In a major move, the NCTE has extended the validity of Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) certificate to life time. Earlier, the TET certificate was valid for seven years. The new provision would have prospective effect.
The changes to validity of the TET certificate was approved during 50th Governing Body meeting of the NCTE held recently. According to the minutes of the meeting, for those who have already passed the TET, the NCTE would take legal opinion and will act accordingly.
These changes will be applicable to the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) and TET conducted by various State governments. The TET certificate is taken as eligibility criteria for teaching in the private schools besides it is used as eligibility criteria for teacher recruitment in the government schools.
The Telangana State TET was conducted in July 2017 for which a total of 3,29,786 including 98,905 candidates for paper-I and 2,30,881 for paper-II have appeared. As many as 57.37 per cent candidates have qualified in the paper-I whereas 19.51 per cent have cleared the paper-II.
TSTET Pass Criteria & Weightage & Certificate Validity: Telangana govt. has decided to conduct the TS Teacher Eligibility Test (TSTET 2020) to fill the posts in TS Govt Schools. Planning to hold the examination within the three-month duration.
As a large number of posts are vacant, the T govt appointed 7974 academic volunteers for a period of six months this academic year. Despite the appointments, some schools are still running without teachers. According to the officials, nearly 3000 teacher posts are yet to be sanctioned to the schools upgraded to high schools. This means, nearly 10974 teacher posts are to be filled by the government.
The government would take time to fill up the vacancies and intends to issue TS DSC 2020 notification in the month of March / April and complete the recruitment process by the beginning of the academic year. “By the next academic year, all the posts will be filled up,
Pass Criteria of TS TET 2020
The criteria for considering pass in TS TET are as follows:
|i) OC||60% Marks and above|
|ii) BC||50% Marks and above|
|iii) SC||40% Marks and above|
|iv) ST||40% Marks and above|
|v) Differently-abled (PH) **||40% Marks and above|
1. The Director, SCERT and the member convener TET, Telangana State shall issue Memos/Pass Certificates to the candidates.
2. Differently abled candidates with at least 40% of disability only shall be considered in respect of visually and orthopedically disabled. With regard to Hearing Impaired candidates, a minimum of 75% disability shall be considered under PH category.
Note: 1. Physically Handicapped with at least 40% handicap only will be considered in respect of Visually Handicapped and Orthopedically Handicapped. With regard to Hearing Impaired, a minimum 75% handicap will be considered under the PH category.
2. It is to be noted that if a candidate has been allowed to appear in the Teacher Eligibility Test it does not imply that the candidate’s eligibility has been verified. Further qualifying the TET would not confer a right on any person for recruitment/employment as it is only one of the eligibility criteria for appointment. The eligibility shall finally be verified by the concerned recruiting agency / appointing authority.
3. It is further clarified that appearance or a pass in TET by itself will not vest any right in a candidate to be considered for appointment to the post of Teacher in Government / Zilla Parishad / Mandal Parishad / Municipal and Private Aided Schools unless she/he is in possession of the qualifications prescribed for appointment to such post in the relevant statutory recruitment rules framed by State Government from time to time as on the date prescribed therein for possession of such qualifications.
APPLICABILITY: The TS-TET shall apply to all schools referred to in clause (n) of Section 2 of the RTE Act. However, a school referred to in sub-clause (iv) of clause (n) of Section 2 of the RTE Act may exercise the option of considering either the TET conducted by the Central Government or the TS TET. TSTET Pass Criteria & Weightage & Certificate Validity
LEGAL JURISDICTION: All legal disputes with regard to the conduct of TET shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the courts located in the State of Telangana only. Weightage to TSTET scores 20% weightage to TET scores shall be provided in the Teacher Recruitment of the State Government. i.e., 20% weightage is for TET and 80% weightage for written test in Teacher Recruitment Test (TRT) based on which selection lists shall be prepared.
However, mere qualifying the TET would not confer a right on any person for recruitment/employment as it is only one of the eligibility criteria for appointment.
Exemption from Passing TSTET: Teachers who were appointed before NCTE notification, dated 23-8-2010 by DSC or by any competent authority in Government / local authority as per Recruitment Rules prevalent at that time are exempted from appearing for TSTET Exam. However, teachers working in private schools whose appointments are not approved by a competent authority in Government are not exempted from passing TSTET.
Such teachers of private unaided schools can appear at TSTET conducted by either State Government or CTET conducted by Central Government. In respect of non approved Teachers working in private aided schools, they should invariably appear at TSTET conducted by the State Government only.
Examination Centers for TS-TET 2020: TS-TET shall be conducted in all the 10 Districts of the State. Candidate can choose any Examination Centre (District) of his choice. However, when the capacity of any particular Examination Centre (District) gets exhausted, that particular Examination Centre (District) will not be displayed in the list of examination centers given in the online application form. In such a case, the candidate has to choose the Examination Centre (District) of his/her choice from the remaining list available.
TSTET Marks memo/ Certificate Validity Period: The Marks Memo/ Certificate of TSTET 2020 shall be made available on the TSTET website only. There is no restriction on the number of attempts a person can take for acquiring a TSTET Certificate. A person who has qualified TSTET may also appear again for improving his/her score. In accordance with the NCTE guidelines, the TSTET certificate shall be valid for a period of seven years from the date of examination. The validity of certificates shall be for a period of 7 years from the date of TET concerned.