According to NDTV report, 11 lakh teachers appointed till March 2015 under the Right to Education (RTE) Act will now get time till 2019 to acquire the prescribed minimum qualifications for firming up their appointments. A bill regarding this was passed in the Parliament today. These untrained teachers need to acquire B.El.Ed (Bachelor of Elementary Education) or D.El.Ed. (Diploma in Elementary Education) qualifications to hold their jobs as teachers.
HRD Minister told reporters, "Teachers who have not done D.El.Ed course but teaching classes 1 to 8 under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan have been given last opportunity to become qualified in two years." This was done through an amendment to the Right to Education Act, 2009, as a last chance to such teachers not to lose their jobs.
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 Bill will now have to pass muster in the Rajya Sabha and get presidential assent after that to become an Act. According to the amendment bill, every teacher appointed or in position as on March 2015 is now required to acquire the minimum qualifications by 2019.