MHRD might consider dropping two years B.Ed course in favour of 4-year integrated courses to produce quality and competent teachers.
We have come across a series of surprising news in the recent past – one being NOIS and distance learning students being barred from taking NEET and NEET becoming indispensible for pursuing MBBS offshore. The next in the line from the Human Resources and Development Ministry (MHRD) is that the two-year course for Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) might be dropped for a 4-year integrated teacher-training programme.
Whether such a move makes a sense or not only time will tell, particularly when the government has extended the one-year B.Ed course for two-year period just three years ago. As per the report from the sources, four year BA B.Ed/BSc B.Ed will have a revamped syllabus and the National Council of Teacher Education (NCTE) has been asked to commence work on the same.
The consideration came into being after the school education secretary Anil Swarup has written to National council for Teacher Education (NCTE) on the matter. Meanwhile, Arun Jaitley has already made an announcement for the effect for an integrated programme on February 1 in his 2018 budget speech. The move is intended to ensure that only the interested and serious students opt for the teacher’s training programme by making it similar to that of B.Tech and MBBS programme. Students will be able to take admission for four-year training programme right after passing 12th exam.
In this programme, it is a major change after 2014 wherein NCTE increased the length of the programme from one year to two with considerable changes in the curriculum itself. With this, students have had to study for five years to become a trained graduate teacher (three years for graduation + two years for B.Ed). However, the number of takers for the two years course after graduation was always higher than for integrated course. The reason for scrapping the option for two-year B.Ed course is to help interested and eligible aspirants get that professional edge.