For promotion to the post of Head Teacher in primary school a teacher must clear Head Teacher Aptitude Test (HTAT) to be eligible for the post of Head Teacher according to a GR issued by the Education Department.
Gujarat Secondary and High Secondary Education Board will conduct the HTAT. It will have multiple choice questions like TAT. The question paper will have Optical Mark Recognition. It will not have negative marking system.
A teacher will have to clear two papers each of 75 marks. To qualify in HTAT a teacher will have to score 60 per cent marks. The first part will have general knowledge questions while the second question paper will cover syllabus of primary courses.
The test is likely to be conducted in February. It is to fill up around 5,000 posts in government primary schools. Teachers need five years experience to apply for the post of principal which is now termed as Head Teacher.