The Ministry of Human Resource and Development is planning to conduct a national level test for the teachers after which states can decide whether to employ them or not.
“We are proposing a national test like Common Admission Test (CAT, which the IIMs employ) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) for evaluation of teachers. We will have a merit list and let the states decide whether they want to employ these teachers or not. They still have the choice to conduct their own exams. We will not force the evaluation on them,” said Anil Swarup, secretary, MHRD’s department of school education and literacy.
CAT-like evaluation test will be a benchmark for the teachers but a lot of it still depends on the state governments of the respective states.
Swarup also said that around 40 to 50 percent of the B.Ed. colleges may lose their affiliation in the coming months for not responding to the National Council for Teacher Education’s (NCTE’s) instructions to produce affidavits of their functioning.
“The NCTE had asked for affidavits for details like how many teachers these colleges have and etc. Around 35 to 40 per cent have not even responded. This indicates that there is some problem. It is becoming clear that a large number of so-called B.Ed colleges are not doing the work that they are meant to do. We will come down heavily on people who are playing with education in this country,” Swarup said adding, “Do not be surprised if 40 to 50 per cent of B.Ed colleges lose their affiliation in coming three to four months.”