Shillong: Meghalaya education minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Tuesday announced that the government has decided to extend the validity of the Meghalaya Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) or Meghalaya TET qualifying certificate to lifetime.

Earlier, the validity of the MTET certificate was two years, but as per a recent notification from the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), the validity of the qualification has now been extended to a lifetime.

According to Rymbui, a notification from the state government will be issued by this week so that candidates who have cleared Meghalaya TET won’t have to sit for the exams again.

The education minister said that the itinerary for MTET was already published but the exam was postponed due to the pandemic.

“Now, with relaxations in place, a new notification will be issued in a week to 10 days to schedule new dates for the exams,” said Rymbui.

However, candidates who have cleared Meghalaya TET but did not clear the personal interview will have to reapply whenever there is a vacancy, said Rymbui.

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Meanwhile, when asked about the ongoing protest of the All Meghalaya Government LP School Contractual Teachers’ Association at the Malki Ground in Shillong, Rymbui said that the government has explored all the possibilities but as per the standing norms, instructions and procedures, whoever is appointed into any position will have to undergo the due process of recruitment, as the case maybe.

The teachers’ association has been demanding for a second opportunity to retain their jobs, as out of 1,100 applicants only 200 could clear the eligibility test. This puts the jobs of the remaining 900 contractual lower primary teachers at risk.

Meghalaya TET is a state-level examination conducted by the Directorate of Educational Research & Training, Shillong. The exam is conducted to determine eligibility for teachers from Classes 1 to 8 for the government schools of Meghalaya.

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