Relaxation in Norms for Appointment as Teacher under SSA
Thirteen States have sought relaxation from the HRD Ministry for the minimum qualification required for appointment as a teacher under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan. The States are: Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
The relaxation have been sought, due to the non-availability of teachers possessing minimum qualifications as laid down by the National Council for Teacher Education, under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009.
To address this issue, the Government has sanctioned over Rs. 6300 crore project to strengthen Teacher Education in the country during the 12th Plan. The main components of the revised Scheme are the setting up of new District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs), Colleges of Teacher Education (CTEs) and Institutes of Advance Study in Education (IASEs), as well as strengthening of existing DIETs, CTEs and IASEs. The scheme also envisages establishment of Block Institutes of Teacher Education (BITEs) in 196 identified SC/ST/Minority concentration districts as elementary pre-service teacher education institutes.
In addition, NCTE has given permission to respective State Governments for training of the over 5 lakh in service untrained teachers through distance mode.