The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has recently issued new guidelines. Earlier, for the posts of Primary School Teacher (Secondary Grade Teacher-Sgt), only those who had passed Elementary Teacher Training (DEAD, DLEd) were allowed, and those who had done B.Ed, M.Ed, only those who had passed the School Eligible for Assistant posts.
Now as per the new instructions, B.Ed, M.Ed qualified candidates who have joined Primary Schools (Grade 1-5) as Teachers (Sgt) will have to do 6 months bridge course. Which should be completed within two years of joining the service. However, as per the directions of Supreme Court, NCTE changed this provision and declared that B.Ed and M.Ed qualified candidates are eligible for Elementary Teacher posts. In Andhra Pradesh, Paper-1 for SGT posts and Paper-2 for School Assistant posts are conducted separately in TET exam. After the change in NCTE rules, B.Ed and M.Ed candidates applying for SGT posts will have to submit Paper-I and candidates selected for SGT posts by writing Paper-I will have to complete the bridge course after joining.
The NCTE also said that for teacher posts teaching students of classes VI to VIII, a bachelor's degree with at least 50 per cent marks, one-year B.Ed special education training, or post-graduation with 55 per cent marks, three-year Integrated B.Ed. and M.Ed. With these qualifications it is necessary to qualify for Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) or Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) in the respective states, which is valid for life.