Govt Relaxes Minimum Qualification For Teachers in 13 States

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Govt Relaxes Minimum Qualification For Teachers under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan Non-availability of enough teachers with minimum qualification and eligibility criteria as prescribed by National Council For Teacher Education (NCTE) compelled the central government, Thursday, to announce relaxation of recruitment norms for school teachers in 13 states.

The list of 13 states facing the crunch of teachers are – Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal. These states had sought permission to relax the minimum qualification criteria for appointment of teachers under the Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan, according to a statement released by HRD Ministry.

In another official statement the HRD Ministry has said that 12th five year plan, which has laid emphasis on strengthening teacher education, government has approved setting up of new District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs), Colleges of Teacher Education (CTEs) and Institutes of Advance Study in Education (IASEs), as well as strengthening of existing DIETs, CTEs and IASEs. A sum of over Rs.6,300 crore has been sanction by the government.

Plans have also been proposed to establish Block Institutes of Teacher Education (BITEs) in 196 identified Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and minority districts as elementary pre-service teacher education institutes, while as NCTE has also given permission to states for training of the over five lakh in-service untrained teachers through distance mode.

According to ministry figures, under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, 19.82 lakh teachers have been sanctioned to states and union territories against which 12.86 lakh teachers have been recruited till December 2012.

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