Court injunction on clearing TET in one attempt
- The Hindu News paper
Press Trust of India
T.N. has not conducted test since 2013, points out petitioner
The Madras High Court has granted an interim injunction restraining the Tamil Nadu government from insisting that teachers clear the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) in a single attempt to continue in service.
Justice T. Raja was hearing a petition filed by one R. Sathiamurthi, BT Assistant (Science), SKDJ Higher Secondary School, Thiruverkadu, here challenging the directive of the Principal Secretary, School Education Department and Director of School Education that teachers pass TET in one attempt to continue in service.
The petitioner, while referring to the amendment to the provisions of Right To Education Act, 2009, to provide time till March 31, 2019, submitted that in the interest of justice, it is just and necessary to restrain the School Education Department from insisting on passing Teachers Eligibility Test in a single attempt to continue in service pending disposal.
Mr. Sathiamurthi claimed that as per a February 11, 2011, notification of National Council for Teacher Education and a November 15, 2011, Government Order issued by the School Education Department, respective governments should conduct TET at least once each year.
Therefore, it is mandatory for the government in Tamil Nadu to conduct TET every year, he contended.
Also, the petitioner claimed if necessary, more than one TET examination could be conducted within a single year.
Stating that the Tamil Nadu government last conducted TET in 2013, the petitioner said it had not done so in subsequent years and no valid reason had been given.
As the Teachers Eligibility Test was not held, teachers who had not cleared the test but had educational qualification as per Special Rules were appointed.