Bill introduced to amend RTE Act
The government on Monday introduced in the Lok Sabha a bill seeking to amend the Right to Education Act to allow elementary teachers time till 2019 to get acquire minimum qualifications as mandated under the 2010 law.
As per existing Act which came into effect from April 1, 2010, these teachers were to acquire minimum qualifications within five years by March 31, 2015. To bring in the required changes, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar introduced the 'The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017'.
The new bill has been brought as the state governments were not able to continue the training process for in-service untrained teachers.
Subsequently, the state governments had requested for extending the period for "training untrained teachers so as to enable them to complete the said training process", according to the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the bill.