The Human and Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar makes a major decision on Thursday to improve the quality of teaching in India. The interested applicants might be curious to know that the government is going to introduce a four-year Bachelor in Education course from the next year,i.e. B.Ed 2019.
On Thursday, while addressing the principals of Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas on the second day of the two-day conference, HRD minister said that “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.
The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), a statutory body of the Indian government which is responsible for coordinating teacher education has modified the curriculum of the course. The B.Ed 2019 course will now be conducted in three streams including BA, B.Com and B.Sc. When the course will be implemented, it will save one year of aspirants' course as they can join this integrated course right after their 12th standard.
Prior to this announcement, B.ed can only be pursued after completing any graduation of three years from any recognized body and then the two-year B.Ed.
In his speech, the Minister also added that around 15 to 20 states will be organizing the examination from Class 5th to 8th after the scrapping of the no-detention policy, a part of the Right to Education Act in January.
"We lost 10 years of education because of the no-detention policy. It was a mistake. But now, about 15-20 states will start conducting exams from this year" Prakash Javadekar said.
In India, about twenty-five states championed the scrapping of the policy. Last month, an amendment was passed in both the Houses of Parliament intending towards the revocation of the clause that prohibited the examinations for students of Class 5 to Class 8.