The Central government has decided to extend the validity period of the Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) qualifying certificate from seven years to a lifetime with retrospective effect from 2011.

Union education minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said this on Thursday.

He instructed the state as well as Union Territory (UT) governments to revalidate or issue fresh TET certificates to those candidates whose period of seven years has already elapsed.

Pokhriyal said this will be a positive step in increasing the employment opportunities for candidates aspiring to make a career in the teaching field.

The Teachers Eligibility Test is one of the essential qualifications for a person to be eligible for appointment as a teacher in schools.

The guidelines dated February 11, 2011, of the National Council for Teachers Education (NCTE), laid down that TET would be conducted by the state governments and the validity of the TET Certificate would be seven years from the date of passing the TET.

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