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Soon, TET notification to be out following NCTE rules: Partha

State Education minister Partha Chatterjee on Wednesday said that the government will soon issue notifications for Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for the recruitment of primary school teachers. The minister has instructed West Bengal Board of Primary Education to issue the notification.

Talking to Millennium Post, Chatterjee said: "The notification will soon come out for TET. This time we will follow the guidelines of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE). We had a relaxation on NCTE guideline till March this year. But this is a fresh examination and the candidates should have required B.Ed training to sit for the examination."

It may be mentioned, that the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) made a guideline for every state to recruit primary teachers. But NCTE had given some relaxation to Bengal during the recruitment process last year. Necessary training for the examination was also not mandatory for the candidates. It was also not mandatory for the candidates to have 50 per cent marks in Higher Secondary examination.

However, the government recruited around 43,000 candidates as teachers of primary schools recently. The Education department source informed that around 12,000 more aspirants will get jobs through the upcoming TET. But the minister, however, did not inform about the number of vacancies.

"I will not make any premature comment. I have to see the remaining vacancies in schools across the state," the minister said, adding that: "The process of recruitment through TET is very transparent. Unlike recruitment process during the CPI(M) regime, we have maintained transparency."

There are some candidates who had gone to the court and filed cases against state government claiming malpractice in the recruitment process. "Those students have realised their mistakes and have withdrawn the cases," the minister said.

It may be recalled that the state government has successfully completed recruitment of primary teachers through TET recently. Earlier, the government could not publish the result for some legal issues. But Calcutta high court had directed the state government to publish the pending result in the middle of last year.
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