‘BEd, 50% marks in honours mandatory for school teachers’

The state has made BEd and 50 per cent marks in honours mandatory to get jobs in schools to teach students from class IX onwards, state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said in Nabanna on Tuesday afternoon. 

Chatterjee said the decision was taken after getting an instruction from the Centre. The Centre has made these provisions mandatory to recruit teachers throughout the country to maintain quality of school education. 

In BEd course, a teacher is not only given training on the art of teaching but also taught to understand the psychology of the students, the economic strata from where they were coming and their ability to understand subjects. 

The state government has already taken a proposal to set up a BEd university on Ballygunge Circular Road. It may be mentioned that the state has one of the oldest BEd training centres, namely, David hare Training Institute which is one of the country’s oldest teacher training institution. 

It may be recalled that during 34 years of the Left Front regime, many teachers have been appointed without BEd degree and the result was disastrous. The only consideration with the Left Front government was their allegiance to the party. 

The Centre has already made 55 per cent marks throughout the career to get jobs in college and university with a view to impart proper education to students. A senior professor in Education said: “Indian students had failed to enroll themselves in P.HD programmes abroad as their writings lack originality.” 

It is believed that if teachers with good academic background and proper training join in school then overall standard of school education will go up. It will make the students stand in rock solid academic foundation which ultimately will help them join any P.HD or post doctorate programme abroad without any difficulty.

The state government had introduced a programme to give special training to those teachers who didn’t get 50 per cent marks in honours level. 

In earlier days many teachers who were extremely popular with students didn’t have BEd degree. But in those days education was not so competitive and students from their schools never sought after their career. 

But as the situation has changed over the years, a trained teacher with professional degree and thorough grip over the subject is required to meet challenges of the day.
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