From next year, the government is going to introduce a four-year integrated Bachelor in Education (B.Ed.) programme with an aim to improve the quality of teaching. Earlier, the government had said that the 2-year B.Ed. might soon be dropped in favour of a 4-year integrated teacher training programme.
“The plans to develop the programme have been on for a year since Arun Jaitley had already made announcements to this effect for an integrated B.Ed. programme in his Budget 2018 speech on February 1, 2018” said by an official.
"We are going to launch a four-year integrated course from next year. The standard of teaching has gone down because it tends to be last option for those who join. This should be first choice. This should be a professional choice, not some leftover," said by HRD minister Prakash Javadekar.
On Thursday i.e. 7th February 2019, the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar had tweeted that Teaching should become a profession of choice but not a profession of left-over that is why we are introducing 4-year integrated B.Ed course in the coming acedemic year.
Details about the new four-year B.Ed structure:
- The newly introduced four-year integrated B.Ed. programme will be conducted in three streams B.A., B.Com and B.Sc.
- The integrated course will save the aspirants one year since they can join it right after their Class 12, while as per the current system candidates have to first doing graduation and then the two-year B.Ed.
- The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), a statutory body responsible for coordinating teacher education, reworked the B.Ed. curriculum.
- The four-year integrated teacher training B.Ed. course programme will be offered in 2 levels:
1. Pre-Primary to Primary
2. Upper Primary to Secondary.
- The upcoming 4-year integrated B.Ed. course will be started off from academic session 2019-2020.
- Curently, a limited number of colleges are offering the four-year B.Ed. programme and Council has invited applications from Institutions who are interested to include this programme in their curriculum next year onwards.
- Those students who have already completed their bachelor's or master's degree and have a grace period wherein they can do a two-year B.Ed. course or a three-year integrated B.Ed. + M.Ed. course. However, how long this grace period would be available or which colleges will offer the degree is not clear yet.
The concerned universities or institutions conducting this programme will have to adapt or modify the model curriculum, as per local requirement for the conduct of this programme with prior approval of the NCTE.
Source: with the inputs of Indiaytoday.in
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