PUNE: Maharashtra has yet to introduce a teachers eligibility test (TET) of its own under the Right of Children for Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009. The TET has been provided as a qualifying benchmark for recruitment of teachers in the primary and upper primary schools.
Already, the Central Teachers Eligibility Test is being conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education ( CBSE) for recruitment of teachers for Stds I to VIII at the central government and CBSE-affiliated schools.
A note reviewing the implementation of the RTE Act, 2009, in various states, put up for consideration by the Central Advisory Board of Education at its impending meeting on November 1, has highlighted the progress made so far by the states including Maharashtra.
According to the note, Maharashtra is among the few states, along with Goa, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Sikkim, which has not yet introduced the TET. So far, 23 states have conducted the eligibility test. The state is also in the process of reviewing the curriculum for primary and upper primary education to make the same in tune with the RTE requirement, the note says.
All the states and Union territories have notified the RTE rules, which lay down the procedures for implementation of the RTE Act. A total of 24 states have constituted the State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (SCPCR) or the Right to Education Protection Authority (REPA), which are the grievance redressal mechanisms provided for under the act. Maharashtra has preferred the SCPCR instead of REPA.
Statistics provided by the note pointed out that the total number of sanctioned posts for teachers in the state is 3,38,658 and 32,746 of these posts are vacant. In all 81.66% of the 69,722 schools have RTE-compliant pupil-teacher ratio (PTR) in the state. Maharashtra's overall PTR has been pegged at 25 students per teacher, while the number of RTE-compliant PTR schools is 56,932.
The state has 64,296 schools with drinking water facilities and this constitutes 92.22% of the total schools while 60,058 schools (86.14%) have ramps. Similarly, 16,542 schools have common toilets while 49,772 schools have independent toilets for girls and boys.
The RTE has prescribed minimum working days and instruction hours for primary and upper primary schools. For primary schools, 200 days and 800 hours have been prescribed while the same for upper primary schools is 220 days and 1,000 hours.
News Source : Times of India (30.10.12)
TET exam is not yet conducted by Maharashtra Govt., And I feel Maharashtra domicile candidate may have a chance in such exam.
Wait and watch to see , What terms and conditions comes for this exam.