Tamil Nadu govt to sack 1,500 teachers who haven’t cleared TET.

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu
directorate of school education has decided to sack 1,500 teachers from government-aided schools as they have not cleared the 
teacher eligibility test
 (TET) before the March 31 deadline. These teachers attempted the exam four times but failed.

As per the direction of the court, we will issue showcause notice and then dismiss them from service, as they do not have mandatory TET qualification, officials from school education department told TOI.

The department had sought another two-year extension from the Union ministry of human resource development for the teachers to clear TET. But, the ministry had said it would not be possible to consider any request related to extension of deadline, the officials said.

Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act notified on October 23, 2010, primary and upper primary teachers had to clear TET to get employment as secondary grade teachers and BT Assistants (graduate teachers).
The state government had notified the rules only on November 15, 2011. In between, some 1,500 teachers joined government-aided schools and some joined after the government notified the rules as well. They were given five years to clear the test.

Teachers approach HC for approval

Meanwhile, some teachers approached the court to get approval for their appointments.

While passing the orders on the petition on January 24, 2017, the court ordered the department to give these teachers one opportunity to appear for TET. “In the event of their passing TET, their appointments shall be approved, else, they have no other option but to quit the service/ousted from service,” the court had observed.

Subsequently, the Union ministry of human resource development had extended the deadline to March 31, 2019.

“The directorate has given the teachers four opportunities to clear the TET. But, 1,500 teachers are yet to clear the eligibility test,” said a release from director of school education V C Rameswaramurugan, These teachers may have one last opportunity as the Teachers Recruitment Board is planning to conduct the TET in the last week of May, according to sources.

So far, 6,04,156 candidates have applied for the exam.

Among the candidates 1,83,341 candidates have registered for paper-1 and 4,20,815 candidates applied for paper-2.

“The news that the teachers will be allowed to continue in work only if they qualified in TET has shocked all the 1,500 teachers who are employed in government-aided schools. If the government had conducted TET twice a year in the last five years, they would have qualified by now,” said P K Ilamaran, president of Tamil Nadu Teachers Association. The exam was conducted only four times in the last eight years.
source from.TOI
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