Plan to drop 2-year BEd

New Delhi: The government is planning to scrap the popular two-year course in Bachelor of Education and allow only a four-year integrated teacher training programme, abandoning a model it had rolled out three years ago.

The human resource development ministry has asked the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) to start working on a revamped syllabus for the integrated BA-BEd and BSc-BEd course.

Sources said school education secretary Anil Swarup has written to the NCTE.

This means the two-year BEd course is to be abandoned without any study on its effect on teacher training. Earlier, BEd was a one-year course.

An NCTE source said students who have cleared their Class XII board exams would be eligible for admission to the four-year course.

"The ministry wants the teacher training course to be like the BTech or MBBS programme. There should be only Integrated BA-BEd and BSc-BEd courses so that serious students join," the official said.

Professor Poonam Batra, a former NCTE council member who teaches at Delhi University, said it was "too early to institute another major change" in teacher education.

"It is important to give time to the new two-year BEd curriculum... based on the recommendations of the Justice J.S. Verma Commission, constituted by the Supreme Court of India. In fact, any change at this point is likely to violate the recommendations."

In November 2014, the NCTE had unveiled new models for teacher training courses, including the two-year BEd after graduation and the four-year integrated course after Class XII. As of March 2016, 15 lakh students were pursuing teacher training courses. Of them, only 4,000 were pursuing the integrated programme.


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