Teaching is one of the most challenging and attractive professions of the times,
and therefore, demands more professionalism from the teacher. In order to assure
a national standard of teaching and learning, the Ministry of Human Resources decided
to have a benchmarking for teachers with a Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET).
Right to Education Act as the base for significant changes in education, also highlights
the quality of teaching learning. Through a kind of licensing for teaching profession,
it looks forward to improving the content as well as pedagogical competencies of
the teacher community.
“In accordance with the provisions of sub-section (1) of Section 23 of the RTE Act,
the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) had vide Notification dated 23rd
August, 2010 and 29th July, 2011 laid down the minimum qualifications for a person
to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in classes I to VIII. It had been inter
alia provided that one of the essential qualifications for a person to be eligible
for appointment as a teacher in any of the schools referred to in clause (n) of
section 2 of the RTE Act is that he/she should pass the Teacher Eligibility Test
(TET) which will be conducted by the appropriate Government in accordance with the
Guidelines framed by the NCTE.” (from
http:// ctet.nic.in / ctetapp / welcome.aspx)
With this national notion for quality and standard of teaching- learning, all government,
aided and unaided schools are also now highly concerned with the same, such that
they look for teachers of high caliber in terms of real aptitude and vigor. Though
CTET is an eligibility criteria, it adds value to the candidates’ profile. Like
CTET, each state government has their own teacher eligibility test (TET).