TET or Teacher Eligibility Test is an examination that candidates who aspire to teach in schools have to sit for. It is the basic exam conducted in order to select and appoint teachers for teaching classes 1 to 8 in schools. The PSTET exam is the Teacher Eligibility Test conducted within the state of Punjab (Punjab State Teacher Eligibility Test). According to a few sources, there has been circulation of information relating to the examination dates and application form filling dates of the PSTET 2019, on social media.
As per this circulating notification, the PSTET 2018 examination that was scheduled to be held on the 10th of November 2019, would now be held on the 17th of November, 2019. The notification also says that the official advertisement for this examination will be published on the website www.pseb.ac.in by the SCERT on the 19th of October, 2019. The notification, which is only available on social media, also mentions the availability of application forms online on the website itself from the 21st of October, 2019 till the 4th of November, 2019.
There is no sign of any official notification or announcement on the websites where it is expected to be released. These include-
There has been no publication of any such announcement in the newspaper either. It is also difficult to determine whether the notification doing the rounds of the social media is true or fake because sometimes, there is a possibility of inter department letters and official notifications getting leaked on social media before being actually published. Therefore, all candidates, in anticipation of the dates and other information, who are preparing for the PSTET 2019 must not give in to any rumors and must wait for the official notification to release on any one or more of the above mentioned websites.
PSTET 2017 was the last PSTET conducted in the year 2018 on the 25th of February. In TET 2015, which was the one held before PSTET 2017, only 12% of candidates managed to pass paper 1 while only 3% could pass in paper 2. A total of 36,974 ETT qualified candidates had appeared for TET 1, of which 4,442 candidates qualified. For TET 2, 1.29 lakh B.Ed passed candidates had appeared, of which 4,351 passed the exam.
There have also been reports of ETT and TET Qualified Unemployed Teachers Union members initiating movements and making demands of getting employment opportunities. The other demands put forward by them include-
- Punjab Teacher Recruitment notification for filling in at least 15,000 vacancies.
- Relaxation in the upper age limit of 42 years.
- Removal of the 55% marks in graduation requirement criteria.
- Removal of teachers serving extended periods in schools and filling up those posts afresh.
- Completion of the recruitment process in a stipulated time period strictly.
- A 1: 30 teacher to student ratio till higher secondary level.
- An unemployment allowance of at least Rs. 2,500 per month.