The Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET), which is conducted by CBSE(Central Board of Secondary Education) annually to test the ability of the teachers to teach students of standard I to VIII, has seen more number of teachers passing the test. The CTET test for this year is scheduled on 21 September 2014. The number of candidates passing the examination have rose to a steep high of 0.68% to 10.41 % of the total candidates appearing for the examinations in the last five CTETs.
The Human Resource Development ministry has commended the passing candidates and is happy with the progress in the number of passing candidates, which is on a rise for the last five CTET examinations.
The CTET is taken in order to set national standards and benchmarks for all the teachers who are teaching in schools and evaluates their quality for recruitment. The teachers training in India is being looked after by:
- 593 District Institutes of Education and Training(DIETs)
- 118 Central Institutes of Education Technology( CIETs)
- 35 Institutes of Advance Studies in Education (IASEs)
- 90 Block Institutes of Teacher Education (BITEs)
- 40 Universities and
- 12,689 private sector teacher training Institutions
The BITEs (Block Institutes of Teacher Education) is relatively new body, which was initiated by the government in 2012-2013. It has been sanctioned to cater to the minority candidates (SC/ST) and help them acquire teacher qualifications for further recruitment of teachers nationally.