Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has announced that the Government has decided to extend the validity period of Teachers Eligibility Test qualifying certificate from seven years to lifetime. This will be implemented retrospectively from the year 2011.
The Minister said, the States and Union Territories will take necessary action to revalidate and issue fresh TET certificates to those candidates whose period of seven years has already elapsed. He termed this a positive step in increasing the employment opportunities for candidates aspiring to make a career in the teaching field.
Teachers Eligibility Test is one of the essential qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in schools. The guidelines of the National Council for Teacher Education, NCTE laid down that TET would be conducted by the State Governments. The validity of the TET Certificate was 7 years from the date of passing TET.