To ensure quality teaching and “proper implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) Act”, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is conducting an eligibility test for recruiting teachers in its schools. A first of its kind, the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) will be valid for seven years for all categories. It will help recruit teachers to schools of the Central government — Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas, Tibetan schools, etc — and schools under the control of Union Territories of Chandigarh and Andaman and Nicobar, according to the CBSE. “The test may also apply to the unaided private schools.”
“The RTE Act requires recruitment of teachers across the country in a time-bound manner; it is desirable to ensure that quality requirement for recruitment of teachers is not diluted. It is, therefore, necessary to ensure that teachers possess the essential aptitude and ability to meet the challenges of teaching at the primary and upper primary level,” said an official of the CBSE.