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Teacher test results show abysmal pass percentage: Sibal

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Informing the Rajya Sabha about the status of teachers in the country, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said it needed to be ensured that private institutions provided the right quality of education to produce quality teachers.

"... Results show that those who have BA degrees and B. Ed. degrees are not even able to pass the TET (Teacher Eligibility Test)," he said in the Rajya Sabha while replying to queries related with teachers eligibility test.

Citing results of 2012 of Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET), the minister said the pass percentage in Paper - I (relating to primary classes) of the test was 5.5 per cent and in Paper - II (upper primary) it was 6.5 per cent.

In 2011, the pass percentage was 9.12 per cent and 7.5 per cent in Paper I and II, respectively.

The minimum marks required to pass the TET examination is 60 per cent.

"That only shows the poor quality of institutions imparting education. Therefore, it is very, very important today that we must move from access to quality. Unless our children get quality education, we will not be able to get quality students in the university system," Sibal said.

The real problem in this country, he said is that private training institutions, which far outnumbered those in government domain, are not quality education. (MORE) PTI SGI SSR NKD AKK

First Published: Fri, April 27 2012. 19:35 IST