Teacher Recruitment: Govt’s new announcement for teachers

Bhubaneswar: The Central Government has introduced a 4-year Integrated Teacher Education Programme (ITEP) for pre-service training. The aim of the programme is to offer graduation with certain specializations built into it namely Primary and Secondary Education.

As part of the initiatives to improve the quality of education, the government had issued a Gazette Notification on March 29, 2019 and applications were invited from June 3, 2019. Further, for in-service training of teachers, school heads and other functionaries at the elementary level, approval has been given for an Integrated Teacher Training Programme to be conducted through National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) in all States and UTs.

Besides, the Central Government has launched an Integrated Scheme for School Education – Samagra Shiksha from 2018-19 which subsumes the erstwhile centrally sponsored schemes of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) and Teacher Education (TE).

Under Samagra Shiksha, funds are given to all States and UTs for various interventions to improve the quality of education such as training of in-service teachers, headmasters and principals, remedial teaching for academically weaker students, provision of library grants to schools, ICT and digital initiatives, strengthening of teacher education institutions, Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan, Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat.

In order to focus on quality education, the Central rules to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act have been amended to include reference on class-wise, subject-wise Learning Outcomes for all elementary classes.

The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) conducted a National Achievement Survey, under which learning outcomes of students were evaluated, through a District level sampling and gaps were identified.

Government of India has decided to participate in the Programme for International Students Assessment (PISA) to be conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2021.

In a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Monday, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ informed that approval has been given for conducting a Census based audit called Shagunotsav of all government and government aided schools in all States and UTs.

Additionally, the Central Government has issued advisories to States and UTs for redeployment of teachers and to ensure that all school teachers should spend adequate time serving in rural areas through a transparent policy.

(With PIB Inputs)