Not clearing the important TET or Teachers Eligibility Test before the deadline of 31st March has now become a hindrance for the teachers of the government aided schools in TN. It is now said that the more than 1500 teachers who were employed after 23rd October 2010 would not receive their salaries from May month for not clearing TET within the above mentioned deadline.
The directorate of school education had sent a letter and based on this letter some districts like Kancheepuram and Chennai have stopped paying April month salaries to the teachers.
The important information is according to Right to Education or RTE Act notified by the centre on 23rd October 2010, it is mandatory for the teachers of primary and upper primary to clear TET to get employment as secondary grade teachers and BT assistants (graduate teachers). It must not be forgotten that TN government had notified the RTE rules only on 15 November 2011. It is clear that this act came into force in TN only after this above mentioned date.
It was pointed out by a teacher belonging to Kancheepuram that the school education directorate had asked all the teachers who had joined after the date 23rd October 2010 to clear the TET exam.
It has been pointed out by the teachers that as per National Council for Teacher Education or NCTE guidelines, the state government must conduct the TET for atleast once in a year. The point is in the last 8 years of time only four tests were conducted for the teachers. A teacher then spoke about how the TRB or teachers recruitment board the nodal agency to conduct TET in TN has conducted the test just once. After 15th November 2011, some teachers had joined the government aided schools in TN and it is now clear that no conditions were placed before the employment.
It is worthy to mention that as per the teachers, the directorate of school education through proceedings in November 2012 announced that all the teachers employed after 23rd October 2010 have to clear eligibility test. It has given 5 years time to clear TET. Important point is the deadline was subsequently extended to 31st march 2019.
According to an official belonging to the school education department, as per NCTE’S guidelines these teachers must have got TET qualification by now. Hence communication has been sent to district educational officers to stop the salaries of the teachers.