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Vikash Sharma

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) recently released a notification, highlighting certain modifications in the existing pattern which is being followed to conduct the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) examination.

As per an official notification, the next CTET examination will be conducted during December 2021/January 2022 in on-line mode. The move is expected to motivate the future teachers to become computer literate and at the same time it will also save huge wastage of paper which occurs when question papers and OMR sheets are printed.

“The online CTET will be conducted with strict compliance of COVID protocols. This would ensure not only safety but would facilitate a faster processing and declaration of results,” the CBSE notification read.

The CBSE will set up facilitation centres in the districts where the candidates will be provided (free of cost) facility of attempting online mock test.

In its notification, the CBSE said that it is committed to enhance the quality of the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) in order to reflect the core purpose of attracting and filtering candidates with the aptitude and passion to enter the teaching profession.

CTET should reflect the core and critical competencies to enter the teaching profession and measure these identified competencies with a fair degree of validity, reliability and fairness.

“Therefore, it is hereby notified that within the existing syllabus of CTET and structure of the question paper, the question papers will be developed to assess less of factual knowledge and more of conceptual understanding, application, problem-solving, reasoning, and critical thinking,” the notification read.

According to CBSE, focus will be given on assessing candidates' understanding of teaching the subject, their pedagogic content knowledge, their knowledge relevance of the subject in the school curriculum, and other dimensions of teaching the subject such as -pedagogic content knowledge that includes questions assessing planning of teaching-learning experiences, strategies for developing conceptual clarity, usage of teaching-learning aids and assessment methodologies specific to the concept.

“A detailed assessment framework with measurable competencies, sample blueprints and sample questions will be released by the CBSE to enable aspiring candidates to prepare for the CTET examination. The detailed notification regarding schedule for submission of online application form for next examination of CTET and dates of examination will be issued separately in due course of time,” CBSE said.

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