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92% BEd degree holders flunk UPTET-2017

A whopping 92% BEd degree holders have flunked the Uttar Pradesh Teacher’s Eligibility Test -2017 exposing the poor quality of education being provided to these aspiring teachers.

lucknow Updated: Dec 20, 2017 15:35 IST
K Sandeep Kumar
K Sandeep Kumar
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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The UPTET is a must for becoming teachers in government and aided primary and upper primary schools in Uttar Pradesh.(HT Photo)

A whopping 92% BEd degree holders have flunked the Uttar Pradesh Teacher’s Eligibility Test (UPTET)-2017 exposing the poor quality of education being provided to these aspiring teachers.

The UPTET-2017 results were declared on Friday and mere 7.87% examinees cleared it at the upper primary level.

The UPTET is a must for becoming teachers in government and aided primary and upper primary schools in Uttar Pradesh.

About 92% BEd degree holders failed to secure the minimum 90 marks out of the maximum 150 required to pass the exam.

The UPTET is conducted for two categories: Primary (class 1 to class 5) and Upper primary (class 6 to class 8).

The primary level has BTC, Urdu BTC, Special BTC, DEd and Moallim-e-Urdu or equivalent degree holders appearing in it.

The upper primary level has BTC, BEd, BEd (special education) or equivalent degree holders eligible to appear in it but it is mainly the BEd degree holders that form the bulk of the examinees, said officials of the Allahabad headquartered Exam Regulatory Authority, UP that conducts the UPTET.

Out of 5,31,712 candidates who appeared in UPTET at the upper primary level, as many as 4,89,824 (92%) failed.

At primary level the result was 17.34% with just 47,975 candidates out of the total 2,76,636 managing to clear it.

The high rate of failure is alarming as the exam of both the categories test intermediate level knowledge of the aspirants.

“The fact that the candidates appearing in UPTET after graduation and even BEd could not correctly answer intermediate level questions shows the poor quality of education that they had received,” said officials.

As per experts, the poor quality of BEd in the state was mainly owing to private colleges that had cropped up in every nook and corner of the state in a bid to cash on the craze of the educated unemployed youth desperate for jobs.

Out of 1731 institutes in Uttar Pradesh offering BEd course, mere 150 are government-run while over 1500 are private colleges. Most of the students who flunked the UPTET-2017 had completed their BEd from private institutions.

Expressing concern, former head of Allahabad University’s education department and member of National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) prof PK Sahoo said the effects of privatization and commercialization of education can be seen in results of different competitive exams.

“Students manage to bag degrees from such private institutions that never focus on quality of education. I believe that the government should focus on ensuring quality education at all levels in both government-run as well as private institutions,” he added.

First Published: Dec 20, 2017 15:35 IST