No new B.Ed colleges this year, says Javadekar

To improve the education system in India, the government has decided to control the number of B.Ed colleges. So for this purpose, no new B.Ed colleges will be allowed. Even the current ones will be operating only after auditing.

Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said this on Tuesday while giving a review of the ministry’s work on the three-year completion of the NDA government.

“The most important thing if you want to improve education is to improve the quality of teachers. We are working on a policy through which accountability of teachers can be fixed. In the context of improving teacher education, the role of B.Ed colleges is also important. The colleges were opening in huge numbers like a fly by night operators. It was important to stop this,” said Javadekar on Tuesday.

“So we have decided this year as a zero year for the opening of B.Ed colleges and the existing ones will have to prove their quality. We have asked for affidavits from colleges asking them about the quality work that they have done.

So far only 7,000 of them have submitted. We have also issued show-cause notices to nearly 4,000 B.Ed colleges,” said the HRD minister expressing his worry about B.Ed colleges which are offering degrees within a day in return for money. “With the enhanced focus on the teacher training, all this need to be stopped. He further added that the government will look into Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) and Diploma in Education (D.Ed) courses with a plan to increase the practical component.

Javadekar said that the practicals will be conducted and improved in teacher training modules with added practice in government schools. Teachers would be kept under observation during these sessions and students will also relay feedback, he said.

Last year, while reviewing the education sector, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said that the Human Resource Development (HRD) ministry should issue a mandate to states to recruit teachers every year from accredited and certified teacher training institutes only. Thus this made the government check with the parameters

So, this all was said by the Union Minister about the B.ed colleges while he was talking about the achievements of his ministry. To improve the quality of education these reforms in teacher education are very important as the future lies in the hands of these teachers. So, qualified staff is a must.

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