The results of the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) 2015, which were recently announced, have shown a record improvement compared to previous years. A record 13.53 % of the candidates cleared the central teachers’ test. A total of 6.77 lakh candidates took the test conducted on February 18 across 988 examination centres in 96 cities in the country – in two separate categories — primary and elementary.
It may be mentioned that the CTET was introduced in 2011 by the Human Resource Development ministry to improve the quality of teaching in schools after the enactment of the Right to Education Act. The CTET certification has been made mandatory to become a teacher for classes I to VIII in any central government school, while the CBSE-affiliated schools can either recruit the teachers based on CTET or the respective test conducted by the states. The Delhi government too decided to adopt CTET for recruitment of teachers for the government-run and the aided schools. Unfortunately, the CETE results have been in news since its introduction because just 13,428 of 7.50 lakh aspirants passed the test, conducted in January 2014. The best results recorded so far till this year’s results were declared was in 2013 when an overall 11% of the 9.2 lakh candidates qualified the test.