Moving away from conventional recruitment practices, the UT education department has decided to no longer allocate marks for a candidate’s qualification, experience and interview while recruiting teachers. It will now hire teachers-for both the existing as well as newly sanctioned teaching posts-only through two written papers.
The department will recruit teachers for 1,050 teaching posts of Junior Basic Teachers (JBTs), Trained Graduate Teachers (TGTs) and Post Graduate Teachers (PGTs) only on the basis of performance of candidates in the two written papersone for general awareness, mental ability, and teaching aptitude and the other for the subject that the teacher specialises in.
However, the second paper for JBT teachers, who teach all subjects at the primary level, will comprise questions from all vital subjects. A candidate from the general category must get at least 45% marks to qualify the examination; the minimum marks for the reserved category is 40%.
“The process for hiring teachers for the posts will soon begin,” said an official.
The decision to do away with its conventional method of hiring teachers is rooted in the dubious recruitment history of the department. The department’s 2009 recruitment process continues to be mired in controversy, with the Punjab and Haryana high court recently asking the department to revise the merit list.
Director of public instruction (schools) Kamlesh Kumar said that the changes in department’s recruitment process have been proposed to bring transparency and check nepotism.
“Not just us, but several states now select teachers purely on the basis of such written tests and it has resulted in a transparent recruitment process,” he said.
He said that an expert agency will be hired to conduct the tests. “The department will ensure that it is done in a transparent manner,” he said.
Another official, on the condition of anonymity, said, “In the past, we found some candidates forging documents to fake their experience, qualification and other parameters. Now, with these parameters no longer relevant for the process, the candidates will be purely selected on the basis of their merit,” he said. Sources in the department said that new recruitment process has been sent to the UT administrator for his approval.
WHAT NCTE NORMS SAY
Even as the education department has amended its recruitment process, it has clarified that a candidate must first satisfy the qualification norms set down by the National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE) in its latest guidelines.
According to these rules, candidates applying for various teaching posts in Chandigarh must first clear the Central Teachers Eligibility Test (CTET), conducted by Central Board of Secondary Education. “Therefore, only those having cleared the CTET examination will be eligible to take the written tests,” said an official.
In March, the ministry of human resource development recently sanctioned 1,108 teaching posts—683 posts for Post Graduate Teachers, 342 posts for Junior Basic Training JBT (primary teacher) and 83 nursery teacher training NTT posts. Of this, 60% posts will be through the direct recruitment, while the rest will be filled through promotions and deputations.