Graduation to be made basic qualification for school teachers; Revised study plan by 2024, SCERT recommendation

Thiruvananthapuram: The State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT) is planning to make graduation the basic qualification for teachers in schools of Kerala. The move comes in the wake of one of the key recommendations under the National Education Policy (NEP) to set the basic qualification for teaching jobs to a four-year integrated B.Ed course by 2030.

The state government, which is yet to make a policy decision in this regard, is gearing up to implement the revised study plan by 2024. Currently, plus two remains the minimum qualification for Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) courses in the state. Those who have passed the course can become school teachers in the upper primary levels. However, once graduation is made the minimum qualification, it is likely to bring significant amendments in the state’s education policies too.

Meanwhile, discussions are also rife on putting an end to the D.El.Ed courses. Nevertheless, a study plan for teacher education cannot be prepared as long as there is lack of clarity in this regard.

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