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Candidates fume over tough Teachers Eligibility Test

Lakhs of teachers took the Tamil Nadu Teachers Eligibility Test during the weekend (April 29, 30) and most of them felt that the test was more difficult than they had expected.

Candidates fume over tough Teachers Eligibility Test
Teachers writing the TET


Already the teachers were complaining that they hardly had time to prepare for the test as they could not take much time from their daily routine. Now, with the test papers being more difficult than expected, teachers are now apprehensive about the results.

“According to the norms, the questions should be up to the level of class 10. “We were taken aback when we found that the questions were at the post-graduate level,” said S Saveetha, a teacher from Anna Nagar, adding that she is worried about the results. “Even papers like Tamil were not as expected. For subjects like psychology, questions were all application-based.” 

The three-hour test was conducted between 10 am and 1 pm. The candidates complained that they were not allowed water bottles, handkerchiefs and purse inside the examination hall. 

“This is peak summer and people sweat a lot. We were thirsty too. In order to step up vigil we were asked to leave all our belongings with the invigilator and no tokens were given to us. This action created stress in most of the teachers, affecting their performance,” said S Venkat, a Science teacher. What the teachers want is that the examiners should take into account the hardships they faced before awarding marks.

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