The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017

Eleven lakh teachers appointed till March 2015 under the Right to Education (RTE) Act will now get time till 2019 to acquire the prescribed minimum qualifications for firming up their appointments as Parliament passed a bill in this regard.

The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 was passed by the Rajya Sabha by voice vote. The Lok Sabha had passed it on July 22. According to the existing Act which came into effect from 1st April  2010, these teachers were to acquire minimum qualifications within five years by March 31, 2015.

Under the Act, if a state does not have adequate teacher training institutions or a sufficient number of qualified teachers, the provision to possess minimum qualifications is relaxed for a period not exceeding five years i.e. till March 31, 2015.

The Bill further adds to this provision by stating that those teachers who do not possess the minimum qualifications as on March 31, 2015, will acquire the minimum qualifications within a period of four years i.e. by March 31, 2019.

The government has brought this bill in order to let these teachers complete Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) and other professional degrees.

Under a scheme ‘Swayam Prabha’, teachers will not only be trained offline but also online and even through direct-to- home (DTH) television channels.

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