Published On: Fri, Aug 26th, 2011

Rajya Sabha passes Teachers’ Education Council Bill

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The Rajya Sabha has passed the National Council of Teachers Education (Amendment) Bill, 2010. The bill envisages for re-creating a national body to regulate schools and teachers.

It will also restore the powers of the National Council of Teachers Education (NCTE), a central body whose powers were curtailed by a Supreme Court order in 2008.

The NCTE, which was established in 1995 to regulate schools and teachers and lay out standards for qualification of teachers, was reduced to a teacher’s training body by the apex court, which in its 2008 judgment left the responsibility of determining teacher’s quality to states.

While introducing the bill in the upper house, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said, ‘There was a fear that if this judgment were to be acted upon, we would have a situation arising in the country where different states would have different qualifications for their teachers, which, of course, is not acceptable.

‘The amendment will now give NCTE the power to govern and lay down principles for teacher’s appointment in all schools.The amendment has been made in tune with the right to education (RTE) act. The provisions of this bill will apply on schools recognised by the central or state governments or any other authority.

[Source: Sify]