The Union human resource development department has granted the state’s appeal to allow candidates with less than 50 per cent marks in undergraduate exams to appear in the school service commission test till 2014.
A letter mentioning “details of the relaxation” would reach the state school education department soon, Bikram Sahay, the school education director in the ministry, said in Calcutta on Friday.
He was speaking on the sidelines of an event at the state primary education board.
The National Council for Teachers Education rules, which have come into retrospective effect from September 3, 2001, state that school teachers must have 50 per cent marks in graduation exams and a BEd degree.
In an attempt to improve the quality of school education, the council had asked all states to implement the rule at the earliest.
Before the 2010 school service examination, the erstwhile Left Front government had appealed to the Centre to relax the rule as there were not enough BEd colleges in the state.
As the Centre did not respond to the appeal, the state government chose not to abide by the council’s guideline while conducting last year’s exams.
The Trinamul-led government sent the same request to the Centre soon after assuming office. The dates for this year’s school service exams are yet to be announced.
“The government had told the Centre that it was difficult to score 50 per cent at the graduation level because of the conservative marking pattern followed by state universities,” said an education department official.
Asked about the Centre’s decision to temporarily relax the norms for Bengal, school education minister Bratya Basu said the government was yet to receive the letter.
Source : The Telegraph.