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Less than 25% teachers in govt schools have BEd degrees

Less than 25% teachers in govt schools have BEd degrees

TNN Dec 27, 2013, 01.20AM IST

GUWAHATI: Less than one-fourth of the teachers in secondary and senior secondary schools in Assam do not have a bachelor degree in education (BEd).
According to the latest data procured from the Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan, Assam, of the 27,407 teachers working in government-run secondary schools in the state, 4,240 teachers have BEd degrees, while 156 teachers have post-graduate degrees in education (MEd).
A similar trend was seen in government-run higher (senior) secondary schools in the state, where of the 5,634 teachers, 844 teachers have BEd degrees and only 50 teachers have MEd degrees. Even as the state government is concerned over the huge number of teachers working in the high schools and senior secondary schools of the state without BEd or MEd degrees, which are considered mandatory in most parts of the country to qualify as teachers, teachers' training institutes in the state do not the basic infrastructure to train the teachers.
The data made available by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) said every year, a total of 3,700 teachers can be accommodated in private as well as government BEd colleges in the state.
"If we consider the status of the teachers training colleges in the state, it will take years to train all the teachers who are working in the schools. There is a need to increase the capacity of the government BEd colleges, which are lagging behind in terms of seats" said a senior official of the SCERT. The state government has 10 BEd colleges which can accommodate only 710 teachers annually, the official said.
A source said the state government is laying emphasis on open and distance learning to meet the demand of trained teachers, as the existing BEd colleges lacks the required infrastructure.

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