After the intermediate toppers’ scandal in Bihar, here is another shocker.
More than 80 teachers were expelled for using unfair means during the elementary education diploma (open and distance learning) examination organised by the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) and Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) recently and now face the threat of losing jobs.
The student-teachers’ examination for the third and fourth semester of the first phase and third semester of the second phase was held across the state from June 20 to 25. As many as 28,000 teachers had appeared for the test, which is part of a two-year training programme for certification.
Following intermediate results muddle, strict measures were put in place during the examination. The unfair means adopted by teachers at some centres, which were caught on camera in a couple of districts, resulted in their expulsion.
Bihar has around 58,000 untrained teachers and the Centre had set a 2015 deadline to train them. However, Bihar had pleaded for relaxation on the grounds that it only had training capacity for barely 6,600 teachers annually. Though appointment of untrained teachers has now been stopped at Centre’s directive, it will take another three-four years to clear the training backlog.
Lack of trained teachers seems to be one of the biggest impediments in improving the quality of education in Bihar.
By 2020, the number of teachers in the state is expected to exceed 6 lakh from around 4 lakh at present, according to an assessment by World Bank, which has approved a $250 million credit for the state to improve the effectiveness of elementary school teachers over a five-year period.
SCERT director Sanjeevan Sinha said the National Council for Teachers’ Education (NCTE) had approved just 100 seats per training institution in the distance mode.
“Bihar has 66 institutions — district institute of education and training (DIET) and primary teacher education college (PTEC) — and the total seats add up to 6,600. We induct new batches every six months,”he added.
Sinha said the teachers will lose their job for using unfair means. “The training programme is aimed at increasing their efficiency and making them better at their job.
If they do not take it seriously, they will have only themselves to blame for the consequences,” he added.