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Training body on cleansing drive

The council responsible for the teacher education system is on a cleansing drive. In the past one year, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has de-recognised almost 800 teacher-training institutes across the country.

delhi Updated: Jan 13, 2010 23:38 IST
Ritika Chopra

The council responsible for the teacher education system is on a cleansing drive. In the past one year, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has de-recognised almost 800 teacher-training institutes across the country.

“And this is not the final figure,” said professor Mohammad Akhtar Siddiqui, the chairperson of the council.

Many more institutions will come under the council scanner after a survey report on the supply and demand of teachers across the country is prepared.

“In last four to five years, a lot of substandard institutions had mushroomed and so this exercise had become necessary. The report should be ready in a month. After that, we might have to de-recognise more institutes,” Siddiqui said.

According to the him, the decision to double the duration of the BEd (Bachelor of Education) and DEd (Diploma in Education) programmes should also help discourage fly-by-night operators from setting up shop.

“A longer and more intensive training means that the institute would also require better infrastructure and bigger investment. Substandard institutions will not be able to meet the new criteria and will have to close down,” said Siddqui.

The new framework also adds new topics to the curriculum. It talks about the need for teaching future schoolteachers about peace education, environment education, sustainable development and inclusive education.

“This decision will make teaching training courses like engineering or medicine, where a student comes out as a properly trained professional,” said Ameeta Wattal, the principal of Springdales School, Pusa Road.