To check scams, appointment of primary teachers goes online

Following a scam in the Teachers' Eligibility Test (TET) in Uttar Pradesh last year, the state government has decided to make the entire process of appointment of primary teachers online.

A total of 9,770 assistant teachers for primary schools have to be appointed through the online procedure in which not only the forms are to be filled by the candidates online, even the generation of merit list for each district will be done by computers, without any human interference.

"The candidates have been asked to fill the forms and submit the form fee online. The merit list for each district, which is prepared by giving priority to marks earned in high school, intermediate, graduation and teachers' training, will also be prepared automatically. The merit list will be out district-wise within two days of the last day of submission of form," said Vasudev Yadav, director of Basic Education.

Those candidates who have completed their Basic Training Certificate (BTC) course or Special BTC training course as well as qualified the TET 2011, will be eligible for these posts.

Once the merit list is out, the selected candidates will be called for counselling on the same day in all districts. There, the marksheets of the candidates will be verified before final appointment.

The appointment of primary teachers is done only on the basis of merit, without interviews, by the department. So far, the entire process was manual. For the first time, it has been computerised which will make it transparent and eliminate delays.

"Because there is no human interference in the appointment procedure, chances of bungling will be reduced significantly", said Yadav. The software was developed by the state's branch of National Informatics Center and will be used in all appointments of primary teachers henceforth, he added.

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