NCTE, the National Council for Teachers Education, is the
exam for teacher’s recruitment for teachers in government schools across the
country. On Thursday, new changes were made in the NCTE norms for recruitment
of teachers for primary, secondary and higher education standards.
Eligibility criteria has been changed for both primary and
secondary sections wherein, the teacher should be a graduate with at least 50%
marks. As for classes 9 and 10, the teacher mandatorily needs to have a graduation,
or preferably a post-graduation, with 50% or above, while for higher secondary,
a post-graduation with more than 50% is compulsory.
Partha Chatterjee, the Higher education minister in one of
his meeting said that, lot of cases have been filed in the Calcutta High Court
against the Government where NCTE Norms for recruiting schools have not been
followed. Due to this, now there are a total of 72,000 vacancies which need to be
filled for the position for teachers across West Bengal alone. He also told that
this bill will protect the interests of those who have applied and those who
will apply for the NCTE exams henceforth.
During his meeting, he also told that the Government has
already written to NCTE about whether Class Five should be included in primary
or upper-primary section in the nomenclature. To oppose this bill, CPI (M) and
congress asked for a split of votes. However, there are many schools which need
proper number of teaching staff to be added and there are many people who are
waiting for the NCTE recruitment to write the exams and get placed.