Punjab hurriedly announces TET, applicants term it eyewash
Jalandhar – In the wake of Punjab and Haryana High Court orders, though the Punjab government hurriedly announced to conduct Punjab State Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) at year-end, it has left the aspirants in trouble. A notification in this regard was issued by the Punjab government on December 17, under which it was announced that the TET would be held on December 31. The last date to apply online for test was December 27. The exam is conducted by State Council for Education, Research and Training, Punjab. The aspirants Were left with 14-days time to prepare and complete the formalities of appearing in TET, which was mandatory for getting teaching job in government and private schools. While the state government went ahead with its decision to conduct the test, aspirants from across the state termed it as a mere eyewash. “Earlier, the TET was held once in a year in the month of July. This time, the state government announced the test on December 31, hence leaving us with few days to prepare for the test,” said an aspirant from Kapurthala Preeti Kaur. Many teaching job aspirants maintained that they were not appearing for TET this time. “Firstly, we could not fill forms as SCERT, Punjab’s server was not functional. Secondly, how can the aspirants prepare for TET within 14-days,” asked a group of applicants from Hoshiarpur. “This time the state government is conducting TET as a mere formality. Earlier, TET duration was 2:30 hour for 150 questions. But this time, it is 90 minutes for 150 questions, which was difficult to attempt,” said Nishant Kumar, president of Education Gaurantee Scheme Union in Kapurthala. Nishant Kumar highlighted that two days ago Himachal Pradesh government also conducted TET test, whose duration was 2:30 hour for 150 questions. “But in Punjab, the applicants could get only six days to deposit fee, out of which the banks remained closed for three days,” he said. The union leader said that the high court has issued a notice to Punjab government to conduct TET in July this year. However, the government did not conduct the exam. “Later an applicant filed a contempt of court case in the high court, after which the state government hurriedly announced TET on December 31. The government’s decision has put the aspirations of scores of applicants in limbo,” he added. It is pertinent to mention here that TET was held for B Ed and Elementarv Teacher Training EFG. The SCERT conducts TET-I and II for ETT and B Ed aspirants respectively. Meanwhile, despite repeated attempts Education Minister Aruna Chaudhary and Education Secretary Krishan Kumar were not available for comments.
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