Teachers Aptitude Test is must in Gujarat and will be soon in other states:
Transparency and an end to manipulation can be expected in the selection ofteachers and head masters now as Gujarat government has introduced Teachers Aptitude Test (TAT) in their recruitment process.
The Teachers aptitude test weightage will be higher than qualification, but its good that qualification weightage is also there. The test will be conducted by the Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board (GSHSEB), Gandhinagar, at least once every year.
A body called the Gujarat State Secondary and Higher Secondary School Educational Staff Recruitment Selection Committee will function as the selection committee.
The body will ascertain the number of posts of head masters and teachers for which recruitment is to be made, from the inputs given by the respective district education officers.
The selection committees will be the overall deciding power.The vice-chairman of GSHSEB, a state government officer of deputy secretary rank, educationists and representatives of the school management associations will be its members.
Hasmukh Adhia, principal secretary of state education department said that TAT has been introduced to eliminate possible malpractices in the teachers' recruitment.
"Earlier, there were many complaints about irregularities and corruption.This Teacher Aptitude Test has been done to make the process transparent. There will be no personal interviews and the selection committee will prepare the merit list of the applicants," he said.
Giving details of the test Adhia said, "Total marks of TAT will be 250. There will be two papers. A paper of 150 marks will check aptitude of applicants to become teachers. It will also check their general knowledge, language skills, etc. This paper will be common for all the candidates."
"The second paper of Teachesr Aptitude will be of 100 marks will be of the subject in which the candidates have got their degrees,” he said.
According to the new system, teachers and principals in grant-in-aid schools will be selected from a merit list which will be prepared from the list of candidates who have already successfully cleared Teachers' Aptitude Test (TAT).
Centre relaxes teacher norms:
Move will make lakhs eligible for test
The Centre has accepted Dispur’s proposal to relax the minimum qualifications for schoolteachers — a move that will allow lakhs of aspirants to take the teachers’ aptitude test on December 4.
The Centre had made it mandatory in August 2010 for all teachers wishing to apply for posts in Classes I to VIII to complete a two-year diploma course in elementary education. Likewise, a one-year bachelor in education was made mandatory for appointment to teach Classes VI to VIII.
Assam education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma announced the relaxation of norms today while declaring the schedule of aptitude test examination — forms for which will be distributed from September 23.
The Centre had issued a gazette notification on August 26 specifically for Assam, announcing the change.
“However, those appointed as teachers after clearing the aptitude test will have to acquire the qualifications within two years. On our part, we will also initiate steps to churn out more aspirants with the required qualifications before the expiry of the 2015 deadline,” Sarma said.
Though Dispur plans to appoint 35,000 teachers by March, it had informed the Centre that it would require candidates for at least 80,000 posts.
To ensure that the aptitude test is free and fair, Sarma said the department would deploy eight academicians of unquestionable credentials from December 4 to December 23 at the evaluation centre.
“The aptitude test will be fully computerised and the results will be valid for seven years,” he said.
Those appearing for the aptitude test will, however, need to have 50 per cent marks in the higher secondary examination for appointment to the lower primary level in any stream and a similar percentage in graduation for Middle English schools.
For reserved category aspirants, the cut-off marks will be five per cent lower.
One has to score over 60 per cent to clear the aptitude test.
Sarma said the government also plans to convert single-teacher school to at least two-teacher school within 45 days as part of its rationalisation drive.
“We have more than 7,500 single-teacher schools. This goes against the provision of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 which stipulates that the state government has to maintain the pupil-teacher ratio in each school at 1:30 for lower primary and 1:35 for upper primary. We have now changed the system of transfer and postings to convert these schools into two-teacher ones,” Sarma said.
An office memorandum issued by A.B. Md Eunus, commissioner and secretary, elementary education, on August 25, stated that deputy commissioners/principal secretaries of autonomous councils would now have the power to transfer teachers from one school to another.
There will now be a four-member district-level committee headed by deputy commissioners/principal secretaries responsible for maintaining the pupil-teacher ratio.