“The CBSE has given five years to existing teachers in CBSE schools to clear the entrance exam but not many from the state are appearing for the test. Also, CBSE insists that the qualifying exam for new appointments should be CTET, but we barely come across teachers who have cleared CTET. We appoint teachers with NET or SET,” said Kerala CBSE school management association president T P M Ibrahim Khan.
CTET is conducted for the appointment of candidates at two levels — primary-level teachers (Class 1 to V) and junior-level teachers (Class VI to VIII) — in accordance with the provisions of the Right to Education Act.
The rationale for including CTET as a minimum qualification for a person to be eligible for appointment as teacher is that it would bring national standards and benchmark of teacher quality in the recruitment process. Sources said it was also expected to induce teacher education institutions and students from these institutions to further improve their performance standards besides sending a positive signal to all stakeholders that the government lays special emphasis on teacher quality. The validity period of CTET qualifying certificate for appointment is seven years from the date of declaration of results for all categories. There is also no restriction on the number of attempts a person can take for clearing the test. A person who has qualified CTET may also appear again for improving his/her score.
“We get almost 25 to 30 candidates for one teaching post. But none of them are CTET qualified. At present, we have difficulty in getting a teacher with language proficiency, good communication skills and excellent subject knowledge. In such a scenario, we can’t really hope to hire a CTET-qualified candidate,” said K Unnikrishnan, president of the Confederation of Kerala Sahodaya Complexes.
Sources reveal that hardly 5% teachers selected in CBSE schools in the state have cleared the test conducted by the board.