Teachers get two-year window for valid degrees
-The Times of India
NEW DELHI: The Lok Sabha on Friday passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill allowing teachers appointed on or before March 31, 2015 to acquire minimum qualifications within a period of four years from the date of commencement of the Act.
This gives the 8.5 lakh unqualified teachers, appointed after implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) law, another chance to get recognized degrees. The amendment bill gives them the final chance till March 2019 to get degrees or they may lose jobs.
When the RTE Act was implemented in 2010, new schools were set up but qualified teachers were not available and unqualified teachers, including those with graduation degrees, were recruited, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said while piloting the Bill.
They were given five years to get qualified for their profession, he said. The bill was supported by K V Thomas of Congress. Still, six lakh private school teachers and 2.5 lakh government school teachers continue to educate without proper qualification, the minister added.
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The Times of India, 22 July, 2017, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/teachers-get-2-year-window-for-valid-degrees/articleshow/59707978.cms