GUWAHATI, Aug 30 � The Government of India has relaxed the requirement of minimum qualification for appointment of teachers in Assam up to 2015 through a separate notification for the State.
Sharing this information with mediapersons here on Tuesday, Education and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said candidates without BEd or diploma in education would be eligible to take the Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) in the State under the relaxed guidelines.
�However as the relaxation is valid only till 2015, those cracking the TET would be required to get the relevant degrees within two years of appointment,� said Sarma.
It needs to be mentioned here that TET would be held in the State on December 4 and the results would be declared on December 23. Sarma said that application forms would be available at the post offices from September 23 till October 10, and the last date for submission of forms is October 17.
The admit cards would be issued on November 17.
Sarma said that for bringing more transparency in the entire examination process, the government has decided to appoint eight distinguished academicians as observers during evaluation of answer scripts.
�We will appoint 35,000 teachers by March next year,� said Sarma.
On the other hand, the government in keeping with the provisions of the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 will convert all the single teacher schools into double teacher schools in the next 45 days. Announcing this decision, Sarma said that as on date there were 7500 single teacher schools in the State which went against the provisions of the Act.
�We are going to achieve this through rationalisation of the posts of lower primary and upper primary school teachers,� said Sarma.
A district level committee with the Deputy Commissioner as chairman will be responsible for maintaining Pupil-Teacher-Ratio (PTR) and converting single teacher schools to minimum double teacher schools.
On the other hand, Sarma announced that for the first time in the country, Assam would introduce Japanese Encephalitis vaccination drive for adults.
This vaccination drive would be launched in Sivasagar on October 15 and will continue till 25th of the month. The Minister assured that all caution would be adopted for this drive.