NCTE objects to teacher hiring test

The National Council For Teachers Education (NCTE) has opposed the West Bengal government's plan to recruit primary teachers without making any difference for those who have got Diploma in Education (DED) and those who have not.

The High Court was hearing a petition filed by some of the candidates having teacher training challenging the government's decision to hold a common recruitment test.

On Tuesday, Asha Ghutgutia, the counsel for the NCTE, said the state should first hold a competitive examination for candidates having teacher training to fill up the vacant posts. If the vacancy still persists, the state may then conduct a separate examination for untrained candidates, said Ghutgutia. The NCTE also stated that the government will have to ensure that those untrained selected for the job have to complete the two-year DED course within 2014. Otherwise, they will have to be terminated from the job, said Ghutghutia.

On October 17, the Trinamool Congress government issued a notification for the recruitment of primary teachers. According to the notification, a common written test for the recruitment will be held on December 30 and candidates who have completed DED will have to compete with the untrained candidates.

The petition contended that the trained candidates cannot be equated with those untrained and the government notification violated the legal provision of NCTE Act.

The government informed the court that about 54,000 primary teachers will be recruited and over 55 lakhs candidates have applied for it. Justice Debasish Kargupta has meanwhile, sought the evaluation method for the candidates after the government counsel said that 20 additional marks will be allotted to candidates with DED. The case will come up for hearing on Thursday.

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