The MP state advisory council here on Tuesday approved the proposal of conducting board exams for classes 5 and 8. It will now be sent to the Union ministry for approval.
The meeting was chaired by school education minister Paras Jain.
Rajya Shiksha Kendra commissioner Ashish Shrivastava, deputy secretary P L Solanki, additional mission director Swati Meena and advisor to Rajya Shiksha Kendra L S Baghel were also present in the meeting.
The council approved a proposal to relax the eligibility criteria of trained teachers for five years.
The decision was made because of the unavailability of sufficiently trained teachers.
The proposal for a three-year relaxation in the requirement of diploma in education (D.Ed.) and bachelor in education (B.Ed.) for appointment was also approved by the council.
The provision for mandatory appointment of at least two teachers in primary classes and three in middle classes under the Right to Education Act has been relaxed.
Jain said the number of seats in D Ed and B Ed will be increased to compensate for the shortage of trained teachers.
He also said the fee structure for D Ed and B Ed will be prescribed so private institutions do not charge exorbitant fees.
He urged private educational institutions to timely reimburse the fees of children from weaker sections of society under the Right to Education Act.
He said it should be ensured that all such payments for the year 2013-14 be made within the coming month.