Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amrinder Singh has agreed to relax norms for Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) passed teacher appointments.
Striking TET teachers had demanded relaxation of eight years for appointments which will be considered.
As per the existing rules, TET can only be appointed within seven years of clearing the TET examination conducted by SCERT (State Council for Education, Research and Training). Since these teachers had passed the exam in 2011 their eligibility for appointment would lapse in 2018.
Captain has asked the Secretary Education to take up this issue with the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).
TET Teachers may get age relaxation too
Another issue raised by the teachers related to the age limit for appointment. The teachers are seeking relaxation of one year in the maximum age for appointment – from 37 to 38 years in the case of general category, and from 45 to 46 years for SC candidates. The Chief Minister has directed the Personnel Department to consider their case sympathetically with regard to age relaxation.
After giving the delegation a patient hearing, the Chief Minister also directed the Education Department to take up the issue of de-reservation of posts meant for Schedule Castes with the Welfare Department so that some candidates from among general candidates could be adjusted against these de–reserved posts.
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh has asked the agitating Punjab TET qualified teachers to immediately withdraw their protest to enable an amicable dialogue to resolve their issues.