Centre asks states to expedite Teachers recruitment to achieve RTE Target. The government of India gives consent to thirteen states (Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal) to relax minimum qualification for appointment of teachers under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan.
The relaxation was sought, due to non- availability of teachers possessing minimum qualification as asked by the Council for Teacher Education, under the Right of children to free and compulsory education act, 2009.
Government has sanctioned over Rs. 6300 crore project to strengthen Teacher Education in the country during the 12th Plan. Main component of revised scheme are setting up of new District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs), Colleges of Teacher Education (CTEs) and Institutes of Advance Study in Education (IASEs), as well as strengthening of existing DIETs, CTEs and IASEs. The scheme also focus on the establishment of Block Institutes of Teacher Education (BITEs) in 196 identified SC/ST/Minority concentration districts as elementary pre-service teacher education institutes.
Also, State government has been permission be NCTE for providing training to over 5 lakh in service untrained teachers through distance mode.
The central government in the meanwhile has also requested the State Governments and the Union Territories to expedite recruitment of teachers as well as to carry out the redeployment of existing teachers to ensure that all schools have pupil-teacher ratios as laid down under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act 2009. Under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), 19.82 lakh teachers have been sanctioned to States/Union Territories, against which 12.86 lakh teachers have been recruited till December, 2012. In Andhra Pradesh, 38,319 teachers have been recruited till date against the 39,189 teacher posts sanctioned to them under the SSA.
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