The wait for candidates aspiring to become teachers in primary sections of schools is over, as results of the state-wide Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) were declared on Wednesday. Of the 1,09,318 candidates who appeared for the test on June 12 this year, 33,565 cleared the examination, a pass percentage of 30.70%.
In Gujarat, there are 13,000 posts lying vacant for primary teachers. The result in the most attempted language section was a poor 27.57%. In all, 97,461 candidates chose to appear in this section, out of which 26,879 candidates cleared the examination.
In the mathematics and science sections, the overall result for the state was 56.38%. In all, 11,857 candidates appeared for Maths and Science, out of which 6686 candidates passed the test.
From Ahmedabad, 56.7% of candidates who appeared for maths and science passed, as compared to 33.9% who attempted the language section. This is the first time that the state education department has conducted a mandatory test for recruitment of teachers for primary section in schools (Class I-VIII).
The poor result in the language section has come as a shock for most candidates as they reportedly found the paper simple. According to BC Solanki, secretary of the State Examination Board, it is not necessary that those who cleared the test are assured of a teaching job. The test is only one of the mandatory qualifications required for applying for the post of primary teacher in schools.
“In case of many candidates applying for one post, preference will be given to meritorious candidates of TET. Their educational qualifications will also be considered,” added Solanki.
The TET paper was for a maximum 150 marks and was divided into two parts of 75 marks each. A minimum of 90 out of 150 marks was required to clear the test. “Candidates who haven’t passed the examination can appear for the test next year,” said RC Gupta, secretary of primary education, government of Gujarat.