Fifteen lakh untrained school teachers have enrolled for a training course with the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), an autonomous institution under the Ministry of Human Resource Development, to get themselves trained by 2019 to be able to retain their jobs.
This has happened just after Parliament passed an amendment to the Right to Education Act to offer them the last window to acquire proper training, something seen as essential to the provision of quality education in government and private schools.
The highest number of applications has been received from Bihar — over 2.8 lakh — followed by Uttar Pradesh (1.95 lakh), Madhya Pradesh (1.91 lakh), West Bengal (1.69 lakh) and Assam (1.51 lakh).
The NIOS has designed online courses to enable them to acquire a Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed).
While only those can acquire this diploma who scored at least 50% in Class-12, Prof. Sharma said at the launch that those who could not could appear again with the NIOS to try and get the requisite marks.
A mobile application has also been developed to help teachers seek any clarifications and solutions.