In a bid to enhance the quality of teachers across the country, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) is going to introduce some major revamps in the B.Ed curriculum from the next academic year.
Apart from the curriculum, the NCTE also plans to increase the duration of the program to two years from the current duration of one year.
This eventually means that from the 2015-16 academic calendar, one has to study five years to become a teacher – three years of mandatory undergraduate program and two years of B.Ed.
In addition, more changes may soon be officially announced. Amongst them is a mandatory requirement to complete B.Ed within three years from the date of admission. Aspiring teachers may also have to have an attendance of 80 per cent or more per year.
NCTE also plans to change the norms to ensure that every teacher’s training college in the country has a maximum student-to-teacher ratio of 25:1.
Revathi Reddy, regional director of NCTE, said in a statement to the Times of India that “a framework to formulate the syllabus will be sent to all universities. The aim is to produce quality teachers”. She also said that all colleges and universities across the country offering B.Ed program will have to abide by the new norms. Only those colleges with adequate infrastructure will be allowed to boost their intake of students.
Things have become particularly difficult for aspiring teachers from Karnataka. In 2014, the state government held the first ever Karnataka Teacher Eligibility Test in June. Of the 3.86 lakh candidates that appeared in the test, just under 23,000 qualified. All the qualified candidates are now eligible for teaching in government, aided and private schools.
The total number institutes in Karnataka that offer B.Ed currently stand at 400. 65 of those are in Bengaluru alone.