The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced the third edition of the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) which will be held on November 18, 2012. This exam will be made compulsory for new teachers at private CBSE schools from the next academic year and is already compulsory for the new teachers in government CBSE schools.
The first two editions of the CTET in 2011 and January 2012 showed poor pass percentages. In 2011 only 14% of the candidates passed, while only 6% passed in the second edition held in January 2012. In the January 2012 edition only 55,422 teachers passed out of the nine lakh that took up the test. There are no indications from the Board that they will change the minimum pass percentage, which is 60% at present.
Since this pattern is new, many teachers are not familiar with the pattern and seek professional help to prepare for the exam. Many teachers feel that the exam is not structured properly and is too elaborate.
A CBSE teacher revealed that the time duration of the exam is not enough and that this is the reason for most of the candidates failing. She added that the exam should be a subjective test instead of the existing MCQ pattern.
Many faculties expressed that there is already a scarcity of teachers in many CBSE schools and the high difficulty level of the CTET exam will only aggravate this problem.
Source: Times of India
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