Govt will make sure ‘B.Ed. shops’ are shut: HRD minister Prakash Javadekar
Javadekar said that there were several renowned B.Ed. colleges but they were not getting students, whereas fly by night operators were handing out degrees at Rs one lakh.education Updated: Jun 02, 2017 20:33 IST
Union human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said that his ministry would not allow “shops being run in the name of B.Ed. colleges” in several parts of the country.
Announcing this, Javadekar said the Central government had sought affidavits from B.Ed. colleges with complete information about their courses, structure in the colleges and criteria for admissions to clamp down on such teachers’ education institutions. “About 7,000 colleges have submitted affidavits and many more are in the pipeline. They have time till June 30,” he said in his address on the concluding day of a two-day workshop here. He also said that no new colleges would be allowed this year.
Javadekar said that there were several renowned B.Ed. colleges but they were not getting students, whereas fly by night operators were handing out degrees at Rs one lakh. “We will ensure such shops are shut. Only quality educational institutions will be allowed to function,” he told top officials of eight states – Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Delhi. The workshop on “Innovative and Best Practices School Education” was held by the Union HRD ministry with Punjab being the host state.
4-PRONGED STRATEGY FOR QUALITY EDUCATION
Javadekar, who expressed serious concern over decline in education standard in government schools, said the government was pursuing a multi-pronged strategy to improve the quality of education. “The government is drafting a Bill on no detention policy. I am sure it will get through. About 25 states were in favour of ending no detention, but four states did not want it. We are now going to give the authority to the states to decide on detaining the students failing in Classes 5 and 8 board exams conducted in March and another opportunity given in June,” he said.
The minister said that learning outcomes had been defined by NCERT to bring accountability, as schools in some areas had just become “mid-day meal schools” where it was all about ana, khana and jana (come, eat and go). The remaining two measures cited by the minister were reintroduction of board examinations in Class 10 and revamp of teachers’ education to make it more integrated.
He also highlighted the need to impart education in native languages besides English, accountability of teachers, students as well as parents in shaping the future of the students. He cited Navodaya Vidyalayas and Kendriya Vidyalayas as good examples in imparting quality education which are worth emulating.
MINISTER TAKES DIG AT BOARD EXAM RESULTS
Taking a thinly-veiled dig at board exams results in Bihar, Javadekar said that the exam topper of a state was absconding and another topper failed to explains basics of music, one of his subjects. “Usko sur-taal ka kuch pata hi nahin tha. He could not answer any questions on the subject. This clearly shows how the education system has lost its fundamentals,” he said without naming the state. Punjab education minister Aruna Chaudhary, Union secretary, school education and literacy, Anil Swarup, joint secretary, HRD ministry, Ajay Tirkey and senior officials of Punjab’s education department were among those present.