Four-year Bachelor in Education course from 2020

Bachelor in Education course from 2020 – In an apparent effort to improve the quality of teaching, the Union Human Resource Development Ministry, Government of India will roll out a four year Bachelor in Education (BEd) course from 2020, Union HRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar is quoted as saying by the NDTV report.

“We are going to launch a four-year integrated course from next year. The standard of teaching has gone down because it tends to be the last option for those who join. This should be the first choice. This should be a professional choice, not some leftover,”  Javadekar said while addressing principals of Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas on the second day of the two-day conference.  The B.Ed course, it works for over a year, will be conducted in three streams — BA, B.Com and B.Sc. The curriculum has been reworked by the National Council for Teacher Education, a statutory body responsible for coordinating teacher education.

The course, when implemented, will save one year of aspirants’ since they can join it right after their Class 12, against the current system of first doing graduation and then the two-year B.Ed.  The Minister also said 15-20 states will be conducting examination from Class 5 to 8 after the scrapping of the no-detention policy, a part of the Right to Education Act in January.

“We lost ten years of education because of the no-detention policy. It was a mistake. But now, about 15-20 states will start conducting examinations from this year,” Javadekar said.

Twenty-five states supported the scrapping of the clause. An amendment was passed in both Houses of Parliament last month leading to the abolition of the clause that proscribed examinations for students from Class 5 to Class 8.

NCTE Amendment

Apparently, the Ministry is just doing the follow up of the passing of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) Amendment Bill 2017 which was passed in the Lok Sabha on July 23, 2018. The Act seeks to provide post-facto approval to those approved institutions which are funded by the Federal Government of States but do not have recognition under the 1993 law.

When the Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha, Javadekar had said that the legislation was brought for the benefit of the students who had appeared for BEd, MEd and various other examinations, but their institutes were not recognised. In fact, the Bill was unanimously supported for the passage. During that time the Minister had also announced that there were plans to begin an integrated four-year BA, BEd, BSc-BEd and BCom-BEd courses so that those who aspire for taking up a teaching job might as well choose these courses rather than opting for the teaching profession as a last option.

In order to make sure that the institutes offering BEd courses maintain quality, Javadekar had then said that the MHRD had urged them to submit affidavits recording the facilities they offer. Of the 18,600 institutes, 8,700 submitted affidavits at that point in time. Javadekar also told the Lok Sabha that show-cause notices were issued to 10,000 institutes, of which 3,700 submitted the affidavits and the overall figure of those submitting the affidavits was pegged around 12,000.

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