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: Devesh Sharma
Updated Thu, 07 Apr 2022 0938 PM IST

The bench also directed the concerned officers to ensure strict compliance of the directions issued by the Secretary, School Education vide letter dated May 2, 2019. The High Court held that teachers who do not pass the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) cannot continue in service.

Teachers Eligibility Test: The Madras High Court, while giving a big decision on Thursday, said that the teachers who do not pass the TET i.e. Teacher Eligibility Test, they do not have the right to continue in the service i.e. to do government jobs. A bench of Justice D Krishnakumar of the High Court delivered the verdict while dismissing a batch of writ petitions. The bench also directed the concerned officers to ensure strict compliance of the directions issued by the Secretary, School Education vide letter dated May 2, 2019. The High Court held that teachers who do not pass the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) cannot continue in service.

Ensure strict compliance of NCTE guidelines

Along with this, the High Court said that the authorities will ensure strict compliance of the guidelines issued by the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) in February, 2021 by conducting the TET exam once every year, so that teachers get an opportunity to qualify themselves. The bench also raised concerns that even after many years of the RTE Act coming into force in 2009, these rules were not followed, with the petitioners and other teachers also being served without the minimum eligibility condition i.e. not having qualified TET. allowed to be kept. This is regrettable.

What are the provisions of TET Act?

TET, as per Section-23 of the Act and also as per RTE (Amendment Act) 2017, for teachers who did not have minimum qualification to pass TET before 2019 RTE Act, within nine years i.e. as on 31st March, 2019. It is imperative to achieve it within. Based on this, the High Court held that teachers who do not possess the minimum qualification of pass in TET are not entitled to continue their service in schools/educational institutions.

Petitions were filed for annual increment

Simultaneously, the High Court dismissed the writ petitions of AK Vasudevan and eight others. Through these petitions, a direction was sought to grant annual increment from 2012 to teachers without TET pass as well as increase incentives for pursuing B.Sc and other benefits.

Teachers Eligibility Test: The Madras High Court, while giving a big decision on Thursday, said that the teachers who do not pass the TET i.e. Teacher Eligibility Test, they do not have the right to continue in the service i.e. to do government jobs. A bench of Justice D Krishnakumar of the High Court delivered the verdict while dismissing a batch of writ petitions. The bench also directed the concerned officers to ensure strict compliance of the directions issued by the Secretary, School Education vide letter dated May 2, 2019. The High Court held that teachers who do not pass the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) cannot continue in service.

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