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18,000 teachers for primary schools

The government will fill nearly 18,000 vacant posts of teachers in Bengal’s primary schools by February with successful candidates of last year’s teacher eligibility test (TET).

The government has also decided to conduct the second TET for primary schools on March 30.

“We have prepared the final merit list of candidates who have qualified the first TET for primary schools held last year. The new teachers will join the schools by February,” education minister Bratya Basu said on Monday.

The candidates on the list would be called for counselling before their new assignment, said Manik Bhattacharya, the president of the West Bengal Board of Primary Education. Appointment letters will be handed over to the selected candidates on the day of counselling.

Counselling — to be held in four phases — will begin on January 16 with candidates from Cooch Behar, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and Bankura districts.

“Preparations are being made to complete the four-phase counselling, covering all the 19 districts, by January 20,” minister Basu said.

The government will publish district-wise lists of primary schools showing the number of vacancies and the teacher-student ratio in each school. The lists will be uploaded on the board’s website http://www.wbbpe.org. These will be available in district primary school council offices too.

Candidates will be able to choose a school of their choice and give their options during counselling.

Earlier, the district primary school councils used to appoint teachers by conducting interviews of candidates shortlisted on the basis of marks scored in secondary and Higher Secondary exams.

The primary education board had conducted the TET for primary schools on March 31 last year to fill 34,559 vacancies across the state.

The results, published in November, revealed that only 18,793 candidates managed to clear the written test. After interviews of the successful candidates on December 15 and 16, the number came down to nearly 18,000.

Bhattacharya said the remaining 16,559 vacant posts would go to successful candidates of the second TET. Those who fail to get a job, despite securing qualifying marks, will be eligible for interview when posts are next available.