Govt reduces TET to grace marksexercise Manna to aspiring teachers

IMPHAL, Oct 7 : The State Government has awarded
grace marks to all the candidates who appeared for
the Teachers’ Eligibility Test, as the number of
candidates who scored the minimum marks for
quali-fication fell way below the number of
teachers pro-jected to be inducted soon. Getting through the Teachers’ Eligibility Test has
been made compulsory for anyone to become a
teacher either in the private or Government
educational institutions and the first TET was
conducted for Manipur on September 16 this year. The grace marks come on the heels of the ruckus
that was created on September 16 amid suspicions
of questions being leaked and some candidates not
finding their names at their allotted centres,
necessitating a retest for some candidates on
September 25. As per the result of the test announced on
September 27, the total number of candidates who
cleared the eligibility test for the Primary level was
put at 10,220 and 7107 for the Upper Primary. Disclosing this to The Sangai Express, a highly
reliable source said that the decision to allot a
grace mark of 10 on each candidate was taken
after it came to light that the number of candidates
who had actually touched the qualifying
benchmark was far too short of the number of teachers to be actually recruited soon. The grace mark of 10 was in addition to the 5
marks already allotted for a wrong key in the
question paper, said the source. The decision to allot the grace mark was taken at a
high level of the Government, said the source
further. Giving details of the impending need for a massive
recruitment drive for teachers, the source said that
under the directive of the Centre, all States are to
have one Primary school in an area of one square
kilometre and one Upper Primary school in every
three square kilometres. During the mapping of the number of schools in
Manipur, it was found that the number of schools in
the State was far below the National level. The massive recruitment drive will help to meet
the required strength of teachers once the schools
come up. The Union Human Resource Development Ministry
has directed the State Government to set up 1,236
primary schools and 478 Upper Primary schools,
said the source and added that 158 Primary schools
are to be upgraded to Upper Primary. The projected required number of teachers for the
schools set to come up has been pegged at over
2000, said the source and added that notifications
for teacher recruitment will be issued soon. The about 2000 teachers likely to be recruited will
include around 1000 in the general category, 600
STs, 40 SCs and 340 OBCs.