Agartala: After a long battle of over 2 years with the central government, Tripura has succeeded in getting a one-time exemption from the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) for induction of Under-Graduate Teachers (UGT) teachers in the School Education Department.
Speaking at the House during the ongoing state legislative assembly session, School Education Minister Tapan Chakraborty stated that the Ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD) has agreed to Tripura’s demand of exemption from TET for the first time. A letter has arrived from the ministry stating the approval of exemption, the minister said. However, he added that the letter has insisted that minimum qualification bar for induction of primary school teachers can’t be relaxed.
Recruitment of around 5,000 Under-Graduate Teachers (UGT) has been hanging on grim uncertainty for the last several years since conditions of conducting TET before induction was imposed in 2010.
The guidelines of Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE), 2009 state that TET is mandatory for recruitment of government teachers.
Tripura has been processing the UGT recruitment initiative since 2002. There were interviews taken in 2002, 2006 and 2009.
The MHRD had asked the state government to provide further data on plans to train the untrained teachers serving in the Department. The last reports were sent on September 20.