NCTE nod to NIOS D.El.Ed course brings relief to thousands of teachers

The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has validated the D.El.Ed (open distance learning) program of the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) under the order of the Patna Supreme Court.

This would relieve a large number of candidates who had completed the NIOS 18-month D.El.Ed) course but had not previously been found for a position as primary school teacher in Bihar state schools after the NCTE clarified on the government in 2019 that the 18-month NIOS course was for the part-time faculty only and cannot be extended for future appointments.

In a letter to the additional chief secretary of the Ministry of Education, RK Mahajan, NCTE deputy secretary Dr. Vijay Kumar R on Tuesday that the institution had decided to accept the ruling of the Patna Supreme Court on the matter.

“The decision will be made in accordance with the relevant instructions from the Ministry of Personnel Development,” the letter said.

A senior official from the Ministry of Education said the Bihar government would abide by the government order even after the NCTE came into force. “The government has only followed previous NCTE orders in the past,” he said, adding that hiring is unlikely to start too early amid the pandemic and the teacher proficiency test (TET) is a mandatory requirement be for teachers.

In January, after hearing a series of petitions involving more than 450 petitioners, the Patna HC Prabhat Kumar Jha judicial authority ordered the Bihar government to allow petitioners to apply within one month and defend the petitioners’ case the appointment to primary education to consider teachers.

The previous order of the primary school director, “that certificates of teachers / candidates who work in state / state / private schools without assistance, the D.El.Ed. Training by NIOS while on duty, will not be considered for the selection of primary school teachers in the Bihar government, “citing the NCTE letter that the course only lasted 18 months and did not meet NCTE regulations, which is a two-year period Prescribing course has been labeled as “illegal, unsustainable and violating Article 14 of the Constitution”.

“From a mere review of the decisions, it is clear that the NCTE will take the course in D.El.Ed. carried out by NIOS. The temporary relaxation was only granted to part-time teachers who did not have the required qualification such as B.Ed./D.El.Ed. which is intended as a minimum qualification for appointment as a teacher in elementary and elementary schools, but nowhere is it mentioned that this course cannot be equated with the two-year training ”, the court had stated.

Almost three-lakh teachers have been enrolled in NIOS ‘abridged 18-month DLEd program. According to a senior ministry official, many candidates had ambitions to enter civil service after completing the NIOS program, which has been haunted by controversy over the length of the program.

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