By A Newsman
Kolkata, 12 October: THERE appears to be no end to complications and litigations centring the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) for recruitment of primary teachers in Bengal!
In a latest development, some 32 aspirants who are in the middle of their two-year diploma in elementary education (DL.Ed) course, today moved the Calcutta High Court demanding that they be allowed to appear in the Primary TET to be conducted by the end of this year.
The move comes after the West Bengal Board of Primary Education making it clear that going by RTE Act provisions, candidates having completed DL.Ed or equivalent approved course will only be allowed to apply and appear in the Primary TET. Submission of application for the TET is already underway from 10 -29 October.
The aspirants, who have moved the HC, on the other hand say that they had enrolled for DL.Ed course in the 2015-2017 session, whose final exam was supposed to be over by this July and the result should have come out by now. But the government approved institutes, where they are pursuing the course, have not yet conducted the final exam.
“The students are not at fault, conducting exam and publishing results fall in the domain of the institutes. Besides, the National Council for Teacher Education rules read that those who have enrolled for DL.Ed course are eligible to appear in TET. Hence, we have prayed to the honourable HC to pass a directive to the Board to allow such students appear in the upcoming TET,” said Sudipta Dasgupta, one of their counsels.
The matter will be taken up for hearing in the court of Justice Arijit Banerjee on 23 October.
Board sources said that despite the fact that the students may not be at fault in the instance case, they cannot allow anyone without a DL.Ed certificate to appear in TET. “Because it may happen that some of them will fail the final exam. What will happen then?” one of them said. “But let’s see what the HC says.”