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National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) to be conducted once a year: HRD Ministry

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Following the Health Ministry’s recommendation, the  Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has decided that the entrance test for undergraduate medical courses National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) will be conducted only once in a year.

On Tuesday, the registration dates and exam schedule for a number of competitive exams such as the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET), Graduate Pharmacy Aptitude Test (GPAT), Joint Entrance Examination-Main (JEE-Main), and the University Grants Commission-National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) were announced by the National Testing Agency (NTA).

In July, Prakash Javadekar, HRD Minister announced that the National Eligibility-Cum-Entrance Test (NEET) and the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main will now be conducted by the newly formed National Testing Agency (NTA). He also stated that the National Testing Agency (NTA) will conduct all the exams using a computer-based method. NEET will be held on 5th May 2019.

Earlier, the HRD ministry has also decided that like JEE Main, NEET-UG will also be conducted twice a year and in an online mode. After Health Ministry’s recommendation, it has been decided that NEET-UG will be conducted once in a year in a written mode. All other exams to be conducted by the NTA will be computer- based.

Earlier, The Health Ministry expressed their concerns to the HRD ministry and said that conducting NEET twice a year will put additional pressure on the students and the students from rural areas will be affected if the test is conducted using a computer-based method.

According to a statement from the HRD Ministry:

“NEET will now be a single exam in pen-and-paper mode and in the same number of languages as has been conducted last year. This was done at the request of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, which wanted the same pattern from last year to be maintained,”.

The UGC-NET December 2018 will be the first exam to be conducted by the NTA from December 9 to 23, 2018, while JEE-Main 1 will be conducted from January 6 to 20, 2019, and JEE-Main 2 from April 6 to 20, 2019.

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Guest Teacher’s Salary Bills Returned

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With Directorate of Education (DoE) not providing clarification on the status of guest teacher’s, their salary bills submit The bills were returned with the clarification letter from principal accounts office addressed to the education department seeking clarity on the continuation of guest teachers in light of the ongoing case in Delhi high court 

The contract of around 22,000 guest teachers ended on February 28, which later led to a month-long protest. But many of them went back to schools as they had to correct the examination papers and also sit for CBSE evaluation. The teachers are paid on a daily basis and their salaries are calculated on the number of days they have worked excluding weekends 

READ MORE – Delhi Allows Guest Teachers To Work Till 60 Years, Conduct Rules To Be Same As Of Regular Teachers

Earlier, on April 18, All India Guest Teachers Association (AIGTA) had written to the director, DoE, Binay Bhushan, seeking clarification on their March salary.

“April is almost coming to an end and still we have no clarification about our previous month pay. First, there is no security about our jobs, and now we are not even getting our salary,” said a teacher 

(Source – TIMES OF INDIA)

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Indian Teachers In Big Demand At UAE

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The increasing number of private schools across the country and the continuing recruitment for public schools has pushed up the need for teachers in the UAE, said Ben Glickman, founder and managing director of Footprints Recruiting.

He estimated that there were “a couple of thousand positions to fill” across the country.

“The demand for teachers does remain strong in the United Arab Emirates,” he said.

To qualify for work in the Emirates, teachers must hold a certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages, a teaching license in their home country and have at least two or three years of teaching experience, Mr. Glickman said.

“But, in particular, we’re seeing an increase in demand for teachers who have a science, maths or technology background,” he said.

Primary school teachers “are still the most in-demand”, said Eoin Bolger, business development manager for UAE-based teacher recruiting firm Teach and Explore, which helps to fill vacancies in private schools.

“Female science and maths teachers are always sought after and can be quite difficult to find,” Mr Bolger said. “Teachers with a masters relative to education generally will be picked up by schools first.”

The high cost of living, increased the price of petrol and utilities, and introduction of a new municipal fee for expatriates has done little to deter foreign teachers seeking work in the UAE, Mr. Bolger said.

“The UAE is still a very attractive destination for teachers to come to live and work,” he said. “Why wouldn’t it be? They are getting well paid, especially when you compare it with take-home pay in their home countries. They pay no tax, no rent, flights are paid for and they receive free medical insurance. It is a wonderful opportunity for anyone to gain valuable teaching experience they might not get in their home country, save money and travel.”

READ MORE – Indian Degrees To Get Equivalency In UAE

Private schoolteachers can expect to earn from Dh11,000 up to Dh17,000 a month, depending on their experience and qualifications, Mr Bolger said.

“We work with high-end schools that provide good pay and packages for our teachers,” he said. “In turn, the school expects that all our teachers have a degree or masters in education and at least two years fully qualified experience.”

Mr Glickman said a salary of about Dh120,000 a year, plus free housing, was fairly normal for private schoolteachers.

For public school jobs, the Abu Dhabi Education Council can pay between Dh12,000 and Dh20,400 a month, depending on experience and qualifications, plus housing, according to recruitment firms.

Despite the challenging economic climate for foreigners here, prospective candidates do not have much negotiating power, Mr. Glickman said.

“If you get an offer from Adec, the negotiating is either ‘take it or leave it’,” he said.

“The private schools, there is some leeway for negotiations, but not a tonne.

“Generally we will negotiate on behalf of our candidates because we don’t want them to mess up the offer.

“Sometimes they have unrealistic expectations.”

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TS Inter Result: High Court Orders Revaluation Of Answer Sheets Of 3 Lakh Failed Students

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The state government ordered an inquiry into the alleged lapses in the system deployed by Globarena Technologies, whose services were hired by TSBIE to conduct the exams.

The Telangana high court on Tuesday asked the TSBIE or Telangana State Board of Intermediate Education to conduct a revaluation of answer sheets of all the failed candidates whose first and second-year Intermediate examinations’ results released recently. The court, while hearing a petition filed by an NGO, gave time to the TSBIE board till April 29 (Monday) to disclose how much time it would take for completion of revaluation, reported Hindustan Times. 

The NGO has also sought a thorough probe into the lapses and compensation to the families of the students who ended their lives.

A total of 9 lakh students had appeared in the intermediate exams held in February-March. The results, announced last Thursday, led to utter chaos. Many bright students who did well in the first year failed in the second year. Most of them were shocked as they were awarded zero, one or two marks.

TBIE Secretary A. Ashok on Monday admitted that there were some lapses in declaring the results. He, however, assured students that the discrepancies would be rectified.

The state government on Monday ordered an inquiry into the alleged lapses in the system deployed by Globarena Technologies, whose services were hired by TSBIE to conduct the exams.

A three-member committee, headed by G. T. Venkateswar Rao, Managing Director, Telangana State Technological Service, will find out whether there were any errors in the publication of results on account of any systemic errors of the agency. 

The committee, which also has Professor A. Vassan of BITS Hyderabad and Professor Nishanth Dongari of IIT Hyderabad as its members, has been asked to submit the report in three days.

Telangana Government Junior College Lecturers Association president Madhusudhan Reddy said at least eight students allegedly committed suicide while several others attempted to end their lives after they failed to clear the exam.

The parents alleged “goof up” in the paper valuation and demanded a thorough re-verification of the papers of those who had failed. 

According to Reddy, eleven students who scored over 900 (out of total 1,000), 125 with scores between 850 and 900 and about 2,000 who scored over 750 were declared failed in one subject which varied among students.

(Source – NDTV)

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