LS passes Bill to give unqualified RTE teachers chance to acquire degrees
New Delhi: The Lok Sabha on Friday passed a bill which seeks to give 8.5 lakh unqualified teachers, appointed after implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) law, another chance to get recognised degrees. The amendment bill gives them the final chance till March, 2019 to get degrees or they may be in danger of losing 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 Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill,2017.
They were given five years to get qualified for their profession, he said.
Still, six lakh private school teachers and 2.5 lakh government school teachers continue to educate without proper qualification, the minister said.
He said the recently-launched 'Swayam' portal and HRD ministry's free-to-air DTH channels can help such teachers get educational material. The minister said 32 DTH channels are dedicated to 'Swayam' and 'Swayam Prabha'.
"Swayam platform is proving to be productive. People are learning through this platform. This platform is being used as study centre," Javadekar said.
He further said that an app has been designed for authentication of attendance of