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Record 14% of aspirants clear central teachers test

Education NewsThe results were declared late night on April 1sr by the Central Board of Secondary Education, where a record 13.53% of the candidates qualified the test as compared to previous results. In two separate categories — primary and elementary — a total of 6.77 lakh candidates took the test conducted on February 18 across 988 examination centres in 96 cities in the country.

The CTET was introduced in 2011 by the human resource development ministry to improve the quality of teaching in schools after the enactment of the Right to Education Act. CTET certification has been made mandatory to become a teacher for classes I to VIII in any central government school, while CBSE-affiliated schools can either recruit teachers based on CTET or the respective test conducted by states. In fact, the Delhi government too decided to adopt CTET for recruitment of teachers for government-run and aided schools.

In Paper I which is for those aspiring to teach in primary classes (classes I to V), a total of 2.39 lakh candidates registered for the test of which 2.07% appeared and 37,153 qualified. The pass percentage is this year is 17.9%, which is a marked improvement from that of 11.95% registered last year.

In Paper II which is for those aspiring to teach in elementary classes (classes VI to VIII), a total of 5.61 lakh candidates registered for the test of which 4.70 lakh appeared and 43,034 qualified. The pass percentage this year is 9.16%, up from 2.80% last year.

Clearing Paper I is mandatory for those wishing to teach classes I to V while Paper 2 is for those wishing to teach classes VI to VIII. Aspirants who wish to get certified for classes I to VIII need to clear both the papers. The papers feature objective questions which test the aspirants’ knowledge of English, mathematics and environmental science.

The CETE results have been in news since its introduction because of the failure rate. In CTET 2012 over 99% aspirants failed to clear the test, while just 13,428 of 7.50 lakh aspirants passed the test, conducted in January 2014. The best results recorded so far till this year’s results were declared was in 2013 when an overall 11% of the 9.2 lakh candidates qualified the test.

CTET 2015:
Paper – I (Primary Classes – I to V)
Registered candidates – 239961
Appeared candidates – 207522
Qualified candidates – 37153
Percentage (%) – 17.90 (Last year 11.95 %)
Paper II (Elementary Classes VI-VIII)
Registered candidates – 561706
Appeared candidates – 470032
Qualified candidates – 43034
Percentage (%) – 09.16 (Last year 2.80%)

Source: The Times of India

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