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Screening test for schoolteachers from 2012

October 29, 2011 Leave a comment

The state government has decided to introduce an additional test for those who want teach in Madhyamik and Higher Secondary schools

Applicants to teaching posts in the 17,000 state-aided Madhyamik and Higher Secondary schools will have to first clear the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET), which has been proposed by the Union government.

Only those who score 60 per cent or above will be allowed to sit for the second and final recruitment test. The West Bengal School Service Commission will conduct both tests.
Till 2010, teachers in Madhyamik and Higher Secondary schools were recruited through a single test. The two-step process will be in place by early 2012, when teacher recruitment exams will be held next.
“The new system is aimed at improving teaching standards and making the teaching and learning process more child-centric in state-aided schools,” said school service commission chairman Chittaranjan Mondal.
Graduates will be eligible to appear in TET. From 2014, it will be compulsory for candidates to also have a BEd degree.
The screening exam will test knowledge of child development and pedagogy with special focus on child psychology between ages 11 and 14 years. It will comprise 150 one-mark questions in four sections. Thirty-mark sections each on first language, second language, and child development and pedagogy will be compulsory. Candidates will also have to answer another 60-mark section on either science and math or social sciences.
In the final selection exams, candidates will have to answer essay-type questions.
In a bid to improve teaching standards in schools and ensure a uniform teaching system across the country to comply with a provision of the Right to Free and Compulsory Education Act, the Centre had issued guidelines at the beginning of the year, asking state governments to introduce TET.
The Left Front government, which was in power then, had rejected the proposal and declared that it would continue with a single recruitment test for teachers.
Many veteran teachers and academicians have expressed concern about deteriorating teaching standards in state-aided schools in Bengal.
“Poor quality teaching and failure of schools to maintain a child-centric approach have been identified as causes for falling standards,” said a senior official of the school education department said.
Admission through lottery: The state government is planning to admit students to classes I to VIII through lottery. Currently, the lottery is held only to admit students to Class I. The move is likely to be implemented from the 2012-2013 session, said sources in the school education department.
The government plans to scrap the system of holding admission tests to comply with a provision of the Right to Education act.

Source – Telegraphindia

Mayawati gives bonus to 15 lakh government employees, teachers

October 19, 2011 Leave a comment

Lucknow, Oct 17 (IANSUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati Monday announced a bonus for all Class III and Class IV employees as well as teachers of all government and state-aided educational institutions.
‘All employees whose grade pay was less than Rs.13,500 per month would be entitled to the bonus for which an upper ceiling of Rs.3,500 has been fixed,’ said an official spokesman.
‘While 50 percent of the bonus would be paid to the entitled employees and teachers before Diwali, the remaining part will be deposited in their provident fund accounts,’ he said.
As many as 15 lakh employees would be benefit by the decision which will cost the state exchequer some Rs.508 crore, he added.
Categories: BONUS, diwali bonus, TEACHERS

Bengal minister proposes "mutual transfer system" for teachers, to do awaw with exams till class VIII

July 13, 2011 Leave a comment
   Observing that teachers who are posted away from their homes spend a lot of time in travelling to and from school, which reduces their effectiveness, Basu proposed introduction of a “mutual transfer system”.

   He said: “I have talked to the (education) secretary and will also talk to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on how we can save teachers from spending time on travelling. If teachers are posted near to where they live, it will save them time which they can dedicate to the students.”

   The West Bengal government is considering a proposal to make examinations till Class 8 optional to reduce the burden on school students, said state School Education Minister Bratya Basu on Monday.

   “Children are gradually becoming afraid of exams. To free them from this trauma, we are thinking of making exams till Class 8 as optional,” Basu said, talking to reporters in Kolkata.

   “I am not against the examination system. I just propose to make it optional. This way we can reduce the burden on children who feel the pressure. How can you effectively assess a student if he or she is traumatised,” said Basu.

   Emphasising on the need for students to speak English, Basu said: “I have discussed with educationists, teachers and others. They all feel that for students to do well both at the state and the national level, they must know how to speak in English. So, we are thinking of introducing a 50-mark test of spoken English from Class 1.”
Basu added that all proposals were at a conceptual stage and talks were on with people concerned to find ways and means for their implementation

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Categories: TEACHERS

Holi bonanza for the school teachers in Mumbai

March 19, 2011 Leave a comment

    Here’s a Holi bonanza for the school teachers in the city. Teachers of aided and private unaided schools, who have not received arrears since May 2005, would get their outstanding dues before March 22, along with the rest of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation employees, says the latest government resolution. Teachers will be paid from Rs8,000 to Rs52,000.
   For the first time, the BMC is paying long overdue arrears to the primary school teachers, at the same time as its other employees.
   In a circular dated March 16, the municipality has directed private school managements to pay the arrears to these teachers before Holi.
  “The BMC’s decision has come after a lot of struggle,” said Pramod Shinde, member, Education Samiti. He added that if a private school does not pay the teachers before the deadline, BMC is authorised to withdraw the approval of such schools.
   The news has come as a pleasant surprise to nearly 10,000 school teachers who had not yet received their arrears under the sixth pay commission salaries, since their arrears have been due since May 2005.
   “It is good that we are finally getting our dues but I will remain skeptical until I get the amount in hand. There have been several circulars in the pas promising us pay hikes, but when it comes to implementation, we only get half of what we are offered,” said a teacher from a South Mumbai school.


Centralized Exam

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment

   The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has laid down the minimum qualification for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in schools in its Notification. One of the essential qualifications specified in the Notification is that a person has to pass a Teacher Eligibility Test (TET). The TET will be conducted by the appropriate Government (Central Government and State Government) in accordance with guidelines framed by the NCTE for the purpose. 

Source – PIB


Adoption of MACPS for the employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan

February 10, 2011 Leave a comment




NEW DELHI-110 016

F.11029-16/2009-KVSHQ (Admn.I)-168


Date: 09.02.2011




Subject: – Adoption of Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan at par with Central Government Civilian Employees. 

The matter pertaining to adoption of Modified Assured Career Progression Scheme (MACPS) for the teaching and non-teaching employees of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, at par with Central Government Civilian Employees, was under examination with the Ministry of HRD. 

2. The approval of the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India, as conveyed vide their letter No.F.3-18/2010 UT-2 dated 20th January, 2011, is communicated for adoption subject to the following conditions: 

*MACP Scheme is extended to the Non-academic (non-teaching) Group ‘B’ &’C’ employees of KVS. 

*The guidelines issued by the Department of Personnel & Training vide O.M. No.35034/3/2008-Estt (D) dated the 19th May, 2009, shall apply mutatis mutandis. (Annexure I). 

*This scheme is in supersession of the previous ACP Scheme and clarifications issued thereunder and will be applicable w.e.f. 01.09.2008. 

*The MACPS envisages merely placement in the immediate next higher grade pay in the hierarchy of the recommended revised pav bands and grade pay as given in Section I, part A of the first schedule of the CCS (Revised Pay ) Rules,2008. Thus the pay band and grade pay at the time of financial up-gradation under the MACPS to the Non-academic (non-teaching) Group ‘B’ &’C’. employees of KVS will be given as per Annexure II. 

*To make the MACP Scheme operational, the competent authorities shall ensure the conduct of first screening committee within one month from the date of issue of the OM and all eligible cases should be cleared within two months. 

*The screening committee shall be headed by a Chairman and will consist of at least three members who shall be not below the rank of Under Secretary (i.e. pay band 3 with grade pay of Rs.6600/-), of which one member shall be belonging to SC/ST/Minority community. The recommendations of the screening committee shall be placed before the appointing authority for approval. 

This issues with the approval of the commissioner, KVS.



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Categories: MACP, TEACHERS

Shri Kapil Sibal Moots Institutional Framework between NCERT and SCERTs Meeting of Central and State Regulatory Institutions in School Education held Today

January 17, 2011 Leave a comment

   Shri Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, has mooted that an institution framework be set up constituting of the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and State Councils of Educational Research and Training (SCERTs). This framework, could include the CBSE, COBSE and NCTE as invitees, and would be a mechanism for coordination, for continuous flow of information and for dialogue, the focus being on improving quality of education throughout the country, the Minister added. He also underlined that the effort of the educational administrators and curriculum developers should be to maximize standards rather than settling for minimum standards. He was speaking at a meeting of Central and State Regulatory Institutions for School Education, here today.

   The Minister stated that as per the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) teacher qualification norms under the Right to Education Act, Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) will be an essential qualification. He said that while the NCTE is developing the standards and benchmarks for this Teacher Eligibility Test, State Governments would be responsible for administering these tests and it is the responsibility of State Governments to ensure that these tests conform to high standards. He also said that the institutional mechanism between NCERT and SCERTs should work towards developing question banks which could be used by States for their Teacher Eligibility Test. 

   The Minister also talked about the development of the National Vocational Qualification Framework (NVQF). He said that the Government has begun a process of series of consultations with different industry groups to facilitate development of vocational curriculum as demanded by the needs/job requirements of these industry groups. He called upon the State Governments to identify skills specific to their states and develop curriculum for these skills. 

   The NCERT in its presentation, among other things, stated that the Government is proposing to set up a 24×7 Channel for teaching through ICT. The NCERT would be the nodal agency for this channel and the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) and the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) would be the collaborating agencies. The target audience for this channel would be school students in the 5-18 years age group, open education students and neo adult literates. 

Source – PIB