Subsequently, all aspirants willing to teach students of class I-XII will have to qualify the TET, which was earlier only applicable to teachers of up to class VIII. It may be an additional task for postgraduate teachers (PGTs), who teach students of class IX-XII.
Vishnukant S Chatpalli, vice chancellor, Karnataka State Rural Development and Panchayat Raj University, Gadag, and member of the southern regional committee, NCTE, calls it a welcome move as teachers must upgrade along with the students.
“Teachers play an important role in the quality of education. Mandatorily qualifying TET will only help in recruiting the best teachers. The NCTE is developing all-inclusive guidelines and test structure components to extend the TET and CTET exams to class XII teachers,” Chatpalli tells Education Times.
UN Khaware, retired additional commissioner of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) and advisor to the Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), says that it will help curb the malpractices in the field of teacher education.
“With thousands of BEd colleges across the country, it has become common to obtain a degree through unethical ways. While master’s degree is required to become a postgraduate teacher (PGT) to teach students of class IX-XII, additional TET qualification will test the teaching aptitude and filter out the most dedicated and authentic candidates,” he adds.
Khaware says that becoming a teacher is not just about acquiring knowledge but also being able to impart the understanding of concepts to the students, which can be tested through the TET.
Shilpika Dass, PGT (English), Lotus Valley International School, Noida, says that apart from subject knowledge, teachers transact the learning process for the students. An enabled teacher will always translate into an enlightened student population.
“Establishing a national benchmark for teacher quality and standardising recruitment protocols is crucial. The TET being made a mandatory requirement for PGTs will not have an adverse effect as teachers of the senior classes must have exemplary content knowledge and pedagogy. This move will facilitate bringing all teachers, regardless of the grades they teach, under the same umbrella of basic qualifications, thereby ensuring equity and equality,” she says.