New Delhi/March 28
Union Human Resource Development ministry today gave its consent to 13 states including Himachal Pradesh to relax minimum qualification for recruitment of teachers under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA). The other states include Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
These states have sought relaxation in the recruitment norms due to the non-availability of teachers possessing minimum qualifications as proposed by the National Council for Teacher Education under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, HRD ministry said in a statement here today.
Furthermore, the Central Government has sanctioned over Rs. 6300 crore project to strengthen Teacher Education in the country during the 12th Plan to address the issue.
“The main components of the revised Scheme are the 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. The scheme also envisages establishment of Block Institutes of Teacher Education (BITEs) in 196 identified SC, ST and Minority concentration districts as elementary pre-service teacher education institutes,” said HRD ministry spokesperson.
Besides this, NCTE has given permission to these state governments for training of the over 5 lakh in service untrained teachers through distance mode.
Earlier, Union Government has requested the states and the Union Territories to expedite recruitment of teachers as well as to carry out the redeployment of existing teachers to ensure that all schools have pupil-teacher ratios as laid down under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009.
Under the SSA, 19.82 lakh teachers have been sanctioned to states abd Union Territories against which 12.86 lakh teachers have been recruited till December, 2012. The State Government of Andhra Pradesh has recruited 38,319 teachers till date against the 39,189 teacher posts sanctioned to them under the SSA.
New Delhi/March 28