The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Punjab government to conduct the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) every year in accordance with the guidelines issued by the National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE).
While issuing the directions, justice Tejinder Singh Dhindsa observed that under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, the central government had appointed the NCTE as the academic authority to lay down the minimum qualifications for persons to be eligible for appointment as a teacher. The court said the NCTE guidelines envisaged that the government concerned would conduct the TET at least once every year.
The directions came on a petition filed by Parminderpal and other persons, seeking directions to the Punjab government for not proceeding further with the selection process for recruitment of 5,078 rural associate teachers without first conducting the TET since the state government had not conducted the TET during 2012. The posts of rural associate teachers were advertised through a public notice on September 9 last year.
However, during the pendency of the case in the high court, the state government got the TET conducted in June 2013.