Teachers have done better in the Central Teachers’ Eligibility Test (CTET), conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in February, compared with the previous years’ exams.
The bi-annual test was held on February 22 in 96 cities at 988 examination centres across the country.
The CTET exam is mandatory for teachers who teach Classes 1 to 8. Candidates aspiring to teach Classes 1 to 5 give part-I exam, while those who wish to teach students from Classes 6 to 8 appear for part- II.
This year, 17.90 % candidates cleared paper I, compared with 11.95 % in September 2014. As many as 9.16 % cleared paper II, compared with 2.8 % in September.
The exam assesses teachers’ proficiency in languages and the subjects they will be teaching. Started in 2011, the CTET is one of the country’s major bi-annual exams to check teachers’ eligibility.
Most states have their own tests, but the CTET, which is required for CBSE schools, is popular as the certificate can be used across the country.
Experts said despite the better performance this time, the success rate are still low.
“To provide good education, you need efficient teachers. However, most CTET candidates lack knowledge, as they hardly attend lectures while pursuing their B.Ed or D.Ed courses,” said Arundhati Chavan, education expert and president of Parents- Teachers United Forum.
Principals from city schools said it is important to improve the quality of teaching at B.Ed and D.Ed colleges.
“Instead of blaming the candidates, B.Ed colleges should emphasise on increasing the competency level of aspiring teachers,” said Deepshikha Srivastava, principal, Rajhans Vidyalaya, Andheri (East).
Moreover, some principals of city CBSE schools said teachers who do not teach languages fail in language papers, especially Hindi.
For CTET, it is mandatory for all candidates to appear for Hindi and English papers and the minimum passing marks is 60%.
Candidates who belong to the science stream find language papers difficult. However, that cannot be an excuse for poor performance,” said Avnita Bir, principal, RN Podar School, Santacruz.
About the CTET
Started in 2011, the CTET is one of the major bi-annual exams to check teachers’ eligibility held in the country.
Paper I and paper II
* The CTET exam, conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), is mandatory for teachers who teach Classes 1 to 8. Candidates, aspiring to teach Classes 1 to 5 give part-I exam while those who wish to teach students from Classes 6 to 8 appear for part- II exam.
* Candidates qualified for part-I exam- 37,153 out of 2,07,522 candidates who appeared
* Candidates qualified for part-II exam- 43,034 out of 4,70,032 candidates who appeared
* Once qualified, the teacher receives a CTET certificate valid for seven years. If the teacher does not change school, there is no need to reappear after the certificate expires.