Tuesday, February 18, 2014

TNTET : GO Issued on TET Weightage Marks

TNTET : GO Issued on TET Weightage Marks


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Days after giving a relaxation of five per cent marks in the Tamil Nadu Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for the reserved category candidates, the State government on Friday issued orders giving corresponding concessions with regard to ‘weightage of marks’ as well.

As per the GO issued on Friday, those who scored less than 90 will be given additional 36 marks as ‘weightage’ for selection as government school teachers based on TET results. This means that those who scored less than 90, but more than 82 (after the revision in cutoff marks) will benefit from the order.

The GO would also be applicable while finalising the selection list of the TET 2013,  held on August 17 and 18, and for all future tests with respect to the candidates belonging to the reserved categories.

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on February 3 had announced in the State Assembly: “Though it has been fixed that candidates have to score 60 per cent marks to secure a pass in the TET, the candidates belonging to SC/STs, BCs, MBCs, BCs among the Muslims, Denotified Communities and Differently-abled would be given a concession of five per cent. Hence, they can pass the examination if they score 55 per cent of marks instead of 60 per cent.”

Subsequently, School Education Department had clarified that the reserved category candidates needed 82 marks to clear the TET. With Friday’s GO, the department said those who scored less than 90, but more than 82 would also get ‘weightage of marks’.

News Source / Sabhaar : newindianexpress.com (15.02.2014)

Quota Only For Jobs, Not For TET'

    Teachers writing TET test.
    Teachers writing TET test.

Higher Education Minister P Palaniappan on Saturday clarified that reservation policy would be followed only for appointment of teachers and not for the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) conducted by the Teachers Recruitment Board.

Replying to the requests of members of various parties to adopt reservation policy for the TET too, the Minister said the objective of the government was to appoint qualified teachers to the schools.  For the SSLC and Higher Secondary examinations, reservation policy was not being followed and the eligible marks were similar for all.  Once candidates pass the TET, then reservation would be applicable for their appointment, he added.

When the members pointed out that the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), in its guidelines had allowed State governments in giving concessions for candidates of certain sections in deciding pass marks, Minister said they were only guidelines and not mandatory.

Already, the Tamil Nadu State Platform for Common School System had filed a complaint with the National Commission for Scheduled Castes against the TRB for not adopting the reservation policy in the conduct of TET in Tamil Nadu.

Following the complaint, the Commission had sent notice to the TRB seeking explanation.

Restore denotified Tribe status: AIFB

All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) member PV Kathiravan on Saturday urged the State government to restore the Denotified Tribes status to the people of these communities instead of calling them as Denotified Communities.  Since 1914 till 1979, the Denotified Tribes title remained and as a result, the members of this Tribes received many concessions from the State government.  However, after changing the status to Denotified Communities, they had been denied the concessions

DMK announces session boycott

DMK floor leader MK Stalin on Saturday announced that the party would boycott the rest of the current session of the State Assembly as a mark of protest to the attitude of the Speaker towards the DMK members

DMDK member praises jaya

DMDK MLA Arun Pandian praised CM J Jayalalithaa during the question hour.  “We were all  manufactured by your company. But we still remain under some other ‘brand’...when shall our ‘brand’ name change?”

News Source / Sabhaar : newindianexpress.com (02.02.2014)


CM giving up quota in TET, says Karunanidhi

“Demand for relaxing minimum marks for reserved category in test has gone unheeded”

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday charged Chief Minister Jayalalithaa with giving up the principles of reservation in selection of teachers in Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) conducted by the Teachers Recruitment Board in August 2013.

In a statement, Mr. Karunanidhi said that he demanded relaxation of minimum marks for the reserved category in TET. But, it went unheeded.

Quoting the recent order of National Commission for Scheduled Castes, which asked the State government to initiate action against erring officials responsible for non-implementation of the policy, he said: “The officer concerned would not have acted on his own. Hence, it is evident that the Chief Minister is at fault. Will the Chief Minister accept her fault and compensate backward class people adequately by filling the posts,” he asked.

The State government had fixed 60 per cent as pass mark for all categories in the TET exam. It was against the National Council for Teachers Education guidelines. It also went against the social justice principle of E.V. Ramasamy Periyar and the reservation policy, he added.

News Source : thehindu.com (30.01.2014)