The results of the 2012 Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) are frightening and need to be taken as a wake-up call. Fewer than 1% of the 7.95 lakh aspirants, all BEd holders, managed to pass the test. The CTET was started in 2011 to improve the quality of teaching after the enactment of the Right To Education law.
The flop show could have many reasons ranging from the CTET questionnaire to many Hindi-medium students who had taken the exam. But it is also a clear pointer to the pathetic quality of education being imparted in the newly opened colleges of education in different states. Even the report of the National Advisory Council (NAC) on RTE also admits this fact. Saying that while there are many ‘eligible’ to become teachers, very few have the required competencies. The NAC has recommended the development of national professional standards for teachers, teacher educators and teacher education institutions.