New Delhi, 09 July (IPR): Secretary of National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), C Dharuman, and Director-cum-SPD, Samagra Shiksha, HRDD, Bhim Thatal, today jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the State and the Central Governments in order to successfully carry out the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India sponsored 18 month-long online and open distance learning mode of the Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed.).
This is noteworthy that as per the Right to Education Act, implemented in 2010, the basic minimum qualification to become a Primary teacher is D.El.Ed., a two-year course to be pursued after Class 12 through NCTE recognised institutes like the DIET and to become a Graduate teacher is BA/BSc with B Ed. The RTE Act categorically specifies that elementary teachers must have these professional qualifications as the Act guarantees Right to Education freely and compulsorily up to the age of 14 years to be imparted by professionally trained teachers.
The MHRD, in August 2017, started the two year-long D.El.Ed. programme for all the elementary untrained teachers both in government and private schools through the NIOS by shortening it to 18 months, excluding the practice teaching programme that they are already teaching. The amendment to the RTE Act in 2017 has mandated that all such elementary teachers who do not have much professional qualification must acquire this only through the NIOS on or before March 31, 2019 failing which, they cannot continue as elementary teachers.
A total of 4405 such untrained teachers from government and private schools in Sikkim have enrolled themselves in the NIOS for this programme in 2017 and their 1st year examination has already been conducted. They are currently registering for their 2nd year programme.
The programme in Sikkim is being conducted by the Samagra Shiksha in collaboration with the SCERT.