LAKHIMPUR: The postgraduates of the State who are studying in the final year of the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) course at present, have expressed resentment over being deprived of the chance to apply for appearing in the Teachers' Eligibility Test (TET) for postgraduate teachers under Secondary Education, Assam.
Notably, the Government of Assam will conduct the TET for higher secondary level. In this connection, the Member-Secretary of the Empowered Committee for TET for Secondary Education, Assam, published an advertisement vide No. RMSA/HSTET/1149/2019/pta/145 on November 18 inviting online applications from eligible candidates of the State. The submission of online application form started from November 20 while November 30 is fixed as the last date for the same. On the other hand, the tentative date of the examination is January 10 of the next year which may be rescheduled in case of any exigencies.
According to the advertisement, the applicants must have post graduation with at least 50 per cent marks or its equivalent from recognized universities and B. Ed degree from National Council for Teacher Education recognized institutions along with other eligibility criteria. As per this criteria, though the postgraduates who have already qualified the B. Ed degree can apply for appearing in the TET concerned, the post graduates with 50 per cent marks, who are students of the final year of the B. Ed course at present, have been deprived of the chance for the same.
Regarding the issue, a group of such deprived postgraduates appealed to the State Government to provide them a chance for appearing in the said TET. They made this appeal by convening a press meet at North Lakhimpur Press Club on Monday. In this regard, they sought the direct intervention of State Education Minister HimantaBiswaSarma and urged him to allow them chance by relaxing the criterion concern.
"Otherwise, we have to wait for around seven years for appearing in such TET because TET is not held in our State every year like the Central TET which is conducted twice in a year. Under such circumstances, our prolonged preparation and hard work, which we have been undertaking for appearing in the said TET, will go in vain," said SurajGogoi while addressing the press meet.
Supporting him, other postgraduates studying in the final year of the B. Ed course, Gautam Rajkhowa, Ananya Gogoi, Kakumoni Saikia and Mouchumi Kalita, also appealed to the Education Minister to review the criterion of the advertisement for the greater interest of thousands of such deprived youths of the State. Expressing their affliction at being deprived of the chance, they stated that they would have appeared for the B. Ed final exam if the exam concerned had not been cancelled for the coronavirus pandemic situation.
In the press meet, they further informed that though they had already submitted separate memoranda to Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, RMSA and Lakhimpur MP Pradan Baruah regarding their appeal, they had got no response from them yet.
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