How will failing teachers motivate students? The failure of almost 96% of the candidates (including BEd and ETT professionals) in the June 9 Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) puts a question mark on the quality of education being given to the state’s schoolchildren.
The State Council for Research and Training had conducted the test on June 9 and declared the results on June 19. Of the 2.38 lakh candidates, less than 9,300 crossed the minimum qualification mark of 60% score. The failing candidates said the test was too tough.
“I sat the test second time,” said Sukhmander Singh, postgraduate in Punjabi and education. “In 2011, I scored 88 and now I have slipped to 76, while 90 is the qualification mark,” he said.
The TET, prescribed by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) under the Right to Education Act as essential for the recruitment of schoolteachers, is conducted by the states under these norms. “The performance is a reflection of the declining standard of education in our state,” said Chamkaur Singh, a teacher. “The TET is welcome. Those who clear the test must have some quality.”
The disappointed candidates have grudges. “We have invested time, energy and money in acquiring education degrees. Since the TET is conducted after two years, many of us are getting over the qualifying age,” says Sukhmander Singh.
“Most people fail to clear the test because they have left studies long ago, and now do something else to earn their livelihood. They are not in touch with the latest in education,” said Gurmeet Kaur, who sat the TET. “The test performance is good pretext to deny people jobs, even though teachers might be good and trained,” she added.
The quality of education was a problem indeed, said Nirbhai Singh, a private teacher. “The governments is withdrawing from the education sector in a big way and encouraging privatisation. Awarding degrees without quality education is costing the people money and time,” he said.
“The test should be after six months so that the candidates may not turn overage and have enough chances to improve their performance,” said candidate Sukhmander Singh. “The failure is because most students do not know what to do next. Without a clear aim, they complete graduation and post-graduation, giving quality no preference,” said Rajinder Jassal of Kotkapura.