Good news for the untrained teachers in government schools; extension of two more years to complete the required qualification for teaching.
Lok Sabha has passed a bill on recently , which allows untrained teachers teaching in schools, time to complete their qualifications through Bachelor in Elementary Education (B.El. Ed) or Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El. Ed) till 31st March 2019 to continue their job as teachers.
This is done through the new amendment to the Right to Education Act, 2009 and is looking forward to result in improvement in overall quality of teachers, teaching processes and consequently learning outcomes of children.
The main objective of this Amendment is to ensure that all teachers at the elementary level in the country have a certain minimum standard of qualifications. This is a last chance given to unqualified teachers not to lose their jobs.
Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said many new schools had come up in the days of educational expansion under the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan and the RTE, and many teachers were hired who did not have the required qualifications. They were given five years to train themselves, many did but 5-6 lakh private schools teachers and 2.5- lakh government school teachers still did not have the required qualifications. As a last chance another two years are being given to them with this amendment, as per reported by an English daily.
To ensure the quality of the education it is important to have a well qualified teachers. Swayam portal- open online courses- and through 32 free DTH (Direct to Home) educational channels- the experienced teachers can acquire theoretical knowledge and then qualify the exam to retain their job. An annual training will also be given to the teachers.
Prepared from media sources by Seema Kumari