Teachers’ recruitment: Bihar govt relaxes CTET cut-off for students

SC verdict on BEd students

Patna: In a move to benefit the aspiring teachers, the Bihar’s education department has decided to relax minimum marks criterion for central teachers’ eligibility test (CTET) qualified women, physically challenged and the scheduled caste/scheduled tribe students for the upcoming recruitment exam of teachers.

As per the requisition from the state education department, the Bihar Public Service Commission (BPSC) has invited applications from teachers’ eligibility test (TET) qualified students to fill up vacancies of 1.70 lakh teachers in different classes. July 12 has been fixed as deadline to fill up the applications.

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As per the notification issued by the education department, women of general category, who have got minimum 82 marks (55%) in CTET will now be able to apply for teacher recruitment for 79943 posts up to primary. Earlier the minimum marks for these was 90 (60%) out of 150 marks. Similarly, such CTET candidates belonging to SC, ST and Divyang category who have secured 75 marks (50%) will also be considered eligible to apply. Earlier the minimum marks for them was fixed at 82. With this provision, about 35 to 40 thousand candidates will get a chance to appear in the teacher recruitment examination.

No marks relaxation for EWS students

A section of the teacher aspirants have urged the state government to lower the minimum marks criterion for the economically weaker section (EWS) students. They urged the government that like other quotas, those from the EWS, who have acquired 55% marks in the CTET be qualified to participate in the recruitment drive by the BPSC.

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Students can appear in the exam 3 times

Students aspiring for teacher’s job will be given three attempts to clear the exam to become teacher. In case of application for more than one teacher’s posts (Class 1-5, Class 9-10 and Class 11-12), a single online application has to be submitted giving priority of cadre according to educational qualification and age.

50% seats for women

As per the norms, 50% seats has been reserved for female candidates in teacher recruitment for classes 1 to 5. There is no restriction on the maximum age limit of teachers employed in Panchayat and Municipal bodies. While TET and STET passed candidates will be given relaxation of 10 years in the maximum age limit. The exam is scheduled to be held on 19, 20, 26 and 27 of August.

HC summons Govt response on teachers’ appointment

The Patna High Court on Monday heard a petition challenging the rules framed by the state government for the recruitment of teachers in the state. A division bench of Chief Justice KV Krishnan and Justice Parthasarathy summoned the state government after hearing the petition on the writ petition filed by Subodh Kumar. Petitioner’s advocate Abhinav Srivastava told the court that the state government has made new rules in 2023 for the recruitment of teachers on a large scale in the state.

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The advocate told the court that under the rules, teachers appointed by the panchayati raj institutions (PRIs) and urban local bodies (ULBs) during 2006 to 2023 also have to participate in the process, as only the teachers selected by the BPSC would be given the status of government servant. But the teachers who are working since 2006 will not get the benefit of being government servants. The High Court has fixed August 29 as the next hearing of the case.

EWS students seek marks’ relaxation

Nitesh Pandey and Anish Singh, executive presidents of the Bihar Elementary Youth Teachers Association, said that marks relaxation has been given in teacher recruitment for all reserved classes, but step-motherly treatment is being given to the economically weaker sections. He demanded that like other reserved classes, provision should be made for relaxation in minimum marks of BPSC for economically weaker sections.

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