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HRD Ministry proposes National Level Test for Teacher



National Level Recruitment Test for Teachers on agenda by HRDM

MHRD Government of India is planning to start national level test for school teachers on lines of CAT.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India has recently made the announcement for the same. The announcement was made by secretary of school education and literacy Anil Swarup at a seminar organised by the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
MHRD is proposing a national test like Common Admission Test (CAT, which the IIMs employ) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) for evaluation of teachers.
Anil Swarup said that they do not make this mandatory but National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) will hold a test where teachers will be awarded ranks based on their score. After which the state govt may decide to recruit teachers based on the this exam or hold separate entrance exam. He also said that the idea of teacher’s recruitment is in a nascent.
“The CAT-like evaluation will be a benchmark for teachers, but a lot will depend on discussion with the state governments. We wish to have talks with all stakeholders. Then the recruiting agencies will decide”, Swarup added.
New ranking plan titled TeachR:
NCTE has also launched a new ranking programme called TeachR to introduce the grading for teachers’ training colleges is to assess the quality.
NCTE has prepared several considerations to grade the colleges. It includes infrastructure available which will have to be video recorded and then uploaded on the portal. Colleges will also have to video-graph the teaching demonstration of teachers inside classrooms. Among other pre-requisites will be keeping requisite staff.

Chaos in the BEd and MEd colleges

Further, speaking about taking up challenges to clean up the alleged mess in the BEd and MEd colleges, Swarup said that the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has already taken strict measures and asked 16,000 institutes offering teachers’ training courses to file affidavits with them.
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