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CM on teachers’ tests

Ranchi, Oct. 13: Chief minister Arjun Munda is in favour of early conduct of teachers’ eligibility test (TET) to recruit mentors to fill up vacancies in 40,000-odd government schools.

At a meeting with HRD minister Baidyanath Ram and government officers, including chief secretary S.K. Choudhary, Munda asked them to sort out the “ambiguities” and frame regulations to hold the tests.

The state had conducted tests in July 2011. But appointments based on them were cancelled by the Jharkhand High Court in November 2011, leaving the successful candidates to launch an agitation.

But at this juncture, the state is in dire need of teachers as over 81,000 para-teachers are on strike for over a month.

As a result, studies have been badly hit in government schools across the state.

Today, the chief minister asked the officials to frame fool-proof regulations for TET, so that it could be held without a hitch in the near future.

Para -teachers, who are paid a paltry monthly honorarium between Rs 5,000 and Rs 6,000 based on educational qualifications, are demanding regularisation of jobs and better remunerations. But, existing rules in the state do not allow for such a change in their employment stature.