Saturday, August 17, 2013

TNTET / TET: Concession in qualifying marks for SC/ST sought

TNTET / TET: Concession in qualifying marks for SC/ST sought

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CHENNAI: A petition has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking to provide concession in the qualifying marks for reserved category candidates who have applied for Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) in Tamil Nadu. 

Petitioner S Karuppiah of Central and state government Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Employees Federation said that the May 22 last Teachers Recruitment Board advertisement on the TET, to be held on August 17 and 18, had no mention about minimum qualifying marks for reserved categories. 

The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) had in 2011 issued guidelines, which conferred powers to the state governments to consider and give concession to candidates belonging to reserved categories, he submitted. 

Contending that it was illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional, he prayed the court to call for the records pertaining to the impugned advertisement and quash the same. 

The bench comprising acting Chief Justice Rajesh Kumar Agrawal and Justice M Sathyanarayanan, hearing the matter, ordered notice to the state education department and Member Secretary of Teachers' Recruitment Board.

News Sabhaar : (17.8.13)

TNTET : PIL plea seeks to quash notification on TET

TNTET : PIL plea seeks to quash notification on TET

A public interest litigation petition has been filed in the Madras High Court seeking to quash a Teachers Recruitment Board (TRB) advertisement in May this year calling for applications for Teacher Eligibility Test (TET). The test is scheduled to commence from August 17.

In the petition, S. Karuppiah, founder of the Central and State Government Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes Employees Federation, said in the advertisement, there was no reference to the minimum qualifying marks for the reserved categories. In Andhra Pradesh the minimum qualifying marks for SC/ST was 40 per cent. In Odisha and Manipur, it was 50 per cent and in Uttar Pradesh 55 per cent. But in Tamil Nadu, there was no concession for the reserved categories. A candidate should obtain 60 per cent to obtain a pass. There was no reference about the minimum qualifying marks for persons coming under the reserved categories. The government should provide for relaxation of marks for these candidates, the petitioner said.

When the matter came up before the First Bench, notice was taken on behalf of the government and the TRB. As time was sought for filing counter, the court posted the matter for further hearing on September 17

News Sabhaar : ( 17.8.13)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

TNTET : Over 25,000 to appear for TET in Vellore on 17/18 August 2013

TNTET : Over 25,000 to appear for TET in Vellore on 17/18 August 2013

A total of 25,714 candidates including 11,937 from Vellore educational district and 13,787 from Tirupattur educational district are appearing for the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) from Vellore district.

The district administration has made elaborate arrangements for the exams for two days in 44 centres on August 17 and 47 centres in August 18. Five special teams under the chief education officer, chief education officer-SSA, district education officer, district elementary education officer and inspector of matriculation schools have been formed to monitor the examinations.

Supervisors and invigilators have been strictly asked to follow the rules and regulations issued by the Teachers Recruitment Board. A consultative meet in this regard was convened by Collector P Sankar and director of TCB Thangamari.

Monday, August 12, 2013

TNTET : TET aspirants write to CM for marks relaxation

TNTET : TET aspirants write to CM for marks relaxation

Around 900 candidates appearing for this year’s Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) wrote to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to grant them relaxation of marks, in Chennai on Sunday. The candidates were at the valedictory event of the training programme for the SC/ST candidates appearing for the teacher eligibility test (TNTET) 2013 organised by the State Platform for Common School System (SPCSS) in association with the Tamil Nadu Untouchability Eradication Front (TNUEF) Dr Ambedkar Education - Employment Training Centre.

Speaking at the event, former director of the Directorate of Teacher Education, Research and Training A Panneerselvam said that earning high marks for the examination could not determine whether a candidate became a good teacher or not. A person becomes a good teacher only through practice, he said.

“What good is a test which has a pass percentage of less than 1 per cent?” he said referring to the TET. He said that teaching is a combination of psychological, social and various other soft skills and goes far beyond academics and marks.

He urged the candidates to strive to be good teachers and give special attention to first generation learners. These students will find it more challenging to grasp the lessons and the teachers will have to teach them several times to get the ideas through to them. He said that teachers play a key role in moulding great personalities. Many of the greatest personalities, from Ambedkar to Abdul Kalam, hold their teachers as their greatest role models, he said.

T K Rangarajan, MP, felicitated the resource persons at the training programme. He pointed out that education standards were going down with growing commercialisation. Teachers find it hard to even clear the doubts raised by students. Going to classes without planning or preparation has become a common practice among teachers, he said.

Though meant for the SC/ST students, the training programme included teachers from other castes in a 75:25 ratio.

TNUEF stated that the classes were open for all candidates who came forward to eradicate untouchability and annihilate caste.

News Source / Sabhhar : (12th August 2013)