Monday, May 02, 2011

Commerce graduates eligible for teaching jobs now

Giving a big boost to B.Com. graduates aspiring to pursue a career in teaching, the Government has decided to allow them to appear for the mandatory test for appointment as teachers from standard six to eight. According to the qualification norms for teachers issued last year under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, B.A. and B.Sc. graduates were only eligible for appointment of teachers.

"The National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE), however, received representation from State governments and other stakeholders in respect of inclusion of B.Com. degree holder for the appointment of teacher for class VI to VIII," said an official in the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).

Therefore, it has been decided to include B.Com. graduate also in the qualification prescribed for appointment as a teacher, the official added. A notification in this regard will be issued shortly.

As the minimum qualification laid down last year also required B.A. and B.Sc. graduates to pass the 'Teacher Eligibility Test' (TET), the official said all concerned have also been asked to make appropriate changes in the TET related criteria to allow B.Com. holders to sit for the test. The Government has decided to introduce this national level teacher eligibility test from this year for teacher recruitment for class I to VIII to set a benchmark in quality of teaching.

The "Central Teacher Eligibility Test" (CTET) will be conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on June 26 for recruitment in Central Government schools such as Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, Navodaya Vidyalayas, Tibetan Schools, etc. and schools under the administrative control of union territories of Chandigarh and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Source: Business Line, May 2, 2011

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