The Gauhati high court in an order upheld the state education department's decision of making 50 per cent marks in graduation compulsory for candidates to appear in the TeacherEligibility Test (TET) for recruitment at the high school level. Though the high court earlier in an interim order allowed eligible candidates even with less than 50 per cent marks in their graduation to apply for the TET examination following a prayer by the All Assam B.Ed Trained Unemployed Association, the high court in its final order upheld the state education ministry's decision. The high court order came after the state's secondary education department said the new criteria forthe high school teachers is a processto find better qualified teachers andwas done according to an amendment in the Assam SecondaryEducation (provincialised services amendment) Rules. The proposed TET exam for the highschool teachers is slated to be held tentatively on the last week of February, 2013.
Earlier in the petition, the association had expressed its displeasure over the state education ministry's decision and demanded its withdrawal. Membersof the association said in the B.Ed course, one is given training on all aspects of teaching.
"One is not only taught about teaching methodologies and child pedagogy, but is also given administrative skills. The B.Ed degree itself suggests that a person is fully qualified to teach in the high school level. Making TET compulsorywill only lower the importance of the course," said the association president Ashiruddin Talukdar.
The association demanded that B.Edqualified candidates should be exempted from writing TET, removethe basic 50 per cent criteria for appearing in TET and to raise the age limit from 38 years to 50 years for high school.
"Competitive examinations like IAS do not keep such criteria. Students securing less than 50 per cent in their graduation have qualified suchcompetitive examinations," said a member of the association.
The association had sent memorandums to chief minister Tarun Gogoi and the state's education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.