B.Ed or the Bachelor’s of Education programme will be transformed into 4-year integrated courses from next year, as per the recent announcement by the HRD minister Prakash Javadekar. The decision comes in the wake of government’s move to improve the quality of teachers and training that they undergo. Following the decision, the NCTE (National Council for Teacher Education) will revoke the course curriculum for teacher training until the new and upgraded 4 year B. Ed course is introduced as part of all the three different streams i.e. B.A, B.Com and B.Sc.
HRD minister Javadekar announced the government’s decision to upgrade the teacher’s training programme to a 4 year integrated course at the two-day conference of principals of Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas. Last year as well, the HRD ministry had hinted that the government has begun the process of discontinuing the 2-year Bachelor of Education in the favour of a 4-year integrated teacher training programme. Announcing the decision, HRD minister said that the plans to develop the programme have been on for a year since Arun Jaitley had already made announcements to this effect for an integrated BEd programme in his Budget 2018 speech on February 1, 2018.
Teaching no longer the ‘Last Option’
The decision to make B.Ed a 4 year integrated course comes in the wake of the falling teaching standards in the country. Making the B.Ed programme a 4-year integrated course will make it a serious choice for aspirants who are genuinely interested in the profession of teaching. Explaning the importance of this decision the minister said ‘the standard of teaching has gone down because it tends to be the last option for those who join. This (teaching) should be the first choice. This (teaching) should be a professional choice, not some leftover.”
As per the details, students will be able to apply for the 4-Year Integrated B.Ed programme right after their Class 10+2 Board exams. This will make B.Ed at par with other professional courses such as B.Tech which can be joined by the students immediately after clearing their Class 12 Board Exams. Earlier, students had to first complete their graduation before taking up the B.Ed programme.
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