Claim that this compulsory qualification by the Center is below the existing certifications of teachers; Educators look for nuances in a comprehensive dictation
The decision of the central government to obtain a diploma in elementary education (D The ed) has been made mandatory for all primary school teachers in order to address the problem of underqualified teachers in all schools – especially in state schools. In Pune, however, the resolution has been turned on its head and private schools have come forward to say the rule makes no sense as most of their teachers have much advanced qualifications but are still technically “untrained” without that diploma .
On Friday, PMC Education Committee official Deepak Mali issued an order requiring teachers from all elementary schools to register for the 18-month online D El Ed course. According to the central communication, all teachers must be “trained” by March 2019. Even if a teacher has a Bachelor of Education (B. Ed) or Master of Education (M Ed) they are not qualified without D El Ed.
For example, Nandkumar Kakirde, Director of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan schools across the city, said, “We set the standards at our school pretty high – I don’t accept teachers who have only passed grade XII and have a diploma. I have made a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a B Ed compulsory. These are the friendly teachers who teach our elementary school students. And now the government wants us to enroll them in an educational program that is below the grade they already have. With just a D El Ed qualification, most teachers can’t even communicate properly in Marathi, forget English. Good candidates and this certification are by no means synonymous. Then what is the aim of the new dictation? ”
Many educators considered this to be a mockery of the education system. Said Jagruti Dharmadhikari, President of the Independent English Schools Association (IESA), “We have teachers with engineering, M Ed and Ph D degrees in our schools. Unaided schools need to focus on the quality of education. This rule is completely unfounded for us. ”But Neelam Chakrabarty, director of the Public School in Delhi (DPS) in Pune, disagreed entirely. “Even if a teacher is an engineer or has a PhD, that doesn’t mean he / she can teach. I agree with the rule that makes a course compulsory – but a B Ed also indicates a deep teaching knowledge so a B Ed teacher simply cannot be called unskilled, ”she said, indicating the need for some nuances in the U-turn towards dictation.
According to the director of Maharashtra Vidya Pradhikaran, Sunil Magar, only the lower elementary school teachers need a D El Ed. “Those who teach up to grade V need a D El Ed, while teachers in grades VI-VIII can have either a B Ed or D El Ed. This only has to be done online and at dled.nios.ac.in. According to the amendment to the law on the right to education (RTE) of 2017, teachers must register there before September 15th. ”
Topics covered in the D El Ed program include Child Development and Learning, Curriculum and Pedagogy, Local Language, English Classes, Environmental Studies, Math Classes, Art Classes, Physical Education Classes, Social Sciences, and General Science Classes. The minimum qualification for admission to D El Ed for untrained part-time teachers is 50 percent of the overall grade in class XII. Even if a teacher is a graduate, grade XII grades remain valid. The course fee is 4,500 rupees for the first year.
According to the educator Sushma BhaleWhile it is unfair to study teachers with a lower education, it is also a fact that a teacher with an advanced education is not always good at his / her job. “It is not true that a teacher with B Ed holding is always better than one with D El Ed. As for the theory in both courses, it is more or less the same – the only difference is the practical aspect. To clarify this, there should be an update in the curricula of both courses. ”