Meghalaya: MTET exams postponed; certificate validity extended to a lifetime
The Meghalaya Education Department has postponed the Meghalaya Teacher Eligibility Test (MTET) for the year 2021, due to the COVID-19 situation in the state.
Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui on Tuesday informed that a new notification will be issued soon for the MTET, adding that the MTET certificate will be valid for a lifetime as opposed to the previous validity of 3-7 years.
Speaking to media persons here, Rymbui said, “We have already published the itinerary for the exam, but due to COVID, the Education Department has postponed it. With the opening up of all the offices in another week or 10 days, the new notification for the exam will be issued.”
For candidates who failed to clear the personal interview, the minister said that they have to re-apply.
The MTET is conducted by the Directorate of Educational Research and Training (DERT) for teachers who aspire to teach at the elementary school level (classes I to VIII).
Referring to the notification issued by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) for extending the TET certificate validity to lifetime, Rymbui stated that the MTET has followed the same directions.
“An official notification from the Government of Meghalaya will be issued this week about the lifelong validity of the certificate," stated Rymbui, adding that the candidates who have already cleared MTET will no longer need to re-appear for the exam.
Earlier in June, the Union Education Ministry has decided to extend the validity period of TET from 7 years to a lifetime, just like the UGC-NET.