Teachers’ ‘last chance’ to get minimum qualifications

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Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: The Centre has given last chance for the ‘inadequately qualified’ teachers to get the minimum qualification by March 2019.

The teachers, who were appointed after the enactment of the Right to Education Act, have the ‘last chance’ to get the minimum qualification, said human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar while moving the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

The teachers can get the prescribed qualification through the Swayam portal, said Javadekar, adding that around six lakh teachers with inadequate qualifications are working in the private sector alone.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, which came to force in India on April 1, 2010 to provide free and compulsory education to all children between the age of six and 14 years, states that a teacher not possessing the minimum qualifications is needed to acquire it within five years.

Meanwhile, several states have subsequently requested the Centre to provide more time and extend the period enabling them to complete the training process of the in-service untrained teachers.

It is worth mentioning that a fifth of all the elementary school teachers in India do not have the minimum qualification to teach young children.

What is Swayam portal?

  • It is a government-initiated programme designed through which one can achieve access, equity and quality in education
  • By getting registered on the Swayam portal, teachers can get hands-on experience by the respective state governments
  • In Odisha, reportedly, only around 79 per cent of teachers are qualified in comparison to states like Punjab and Karnataka with 88 per cent and 96 per cent of qualified teachers respectively.

    It is believed that the trend of appointing contractual teachers has contributed to the decline in the qualification standards of teachers.

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