Rajasthan High Court stays RTET Exam

Rajasthan High Court on Friday restrained the state government from conducting the recently-introduced Rajasthan Teachers’ Eligibility Test (RTET) until the next order terming it as unwarranted. It has served notice to the advocate general asking him to apprise the court of the rationale behind conducting the RTET. The court serving the notices to the state government, National Council for Teachers’ Education (NCTE) and Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) has stayed the examination. The court, however, clarified that the state government could continue with the recruitment of teachers under the existing provisions. The RTET was scheduled to be held on May 22.
Justice Gopal Krishna Vyas issued the directive on a petition filed by Gayatri Joshi and 50 others. The court also asked the Advocate General to file a reply in the matter. In the petition it was stated that in August 2010, a notification was issued in accordance with the guidelines of National Council of Teachers Education which called for an eligibility test before recruiting teachers in Rajasthan. Accordingly, the candidates who have BCom and BEd degrees became ineligible to appear in the test.