The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development(MHRD) is planning to hold a national level common entrance test to employ Teachers. Anil Swarup, Secretary of Department of School Education & Literacy, MHRD, speaking of which stated that the test would be like Common Admission Test (CAT) or Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

He stated this at ‘Creating a Robust School Education System as the Bedrock of New India’ program, organized by the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

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Anil Swarup claimed that the idea behind this is to evaluate the teacher’s performances against certain parameters. However, the government schools can use the evaluation of this test or conduct a separate test to recruit new teachers.

He also said that around 40 to 50% of B.Ed colleges have not responded to the National Council for Teacher’s Education (NCTE’s) request to submit their functionality and hence may lose affiliation in the coming months. The NCTE asked the institutions details like how many teachers the colleges constitute etc. Mr.Swarup stated that half of the B.Ed colleges are not at all working properly and are just playing with education as their name tag.

Swarup explained that the biometric, portable attendance system would be introduced in Chattisgarh from this August to record the presence of the teachers. As 25% of teachers don’t attend schools regularly, the GPS-linked Biometric-enabled tablets will check the attendance. Chattisgarh is the first state to implement this, and they are hoping that the system will get introduced to other states like Jharkhand, Gujarat, and Andhra Pradesh, etc.

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