The reasoning offered by the BJP Government about an acute shortage of trained teachers in India, and hence the changes to the BEd and MEd in the country doesn’t make much sense.
Taking into consideration the acute shortage of teachers in the country, the BJP Government is making changes to the BEd and MEd in the country. In this regard, the Ministry of Human Resource Development has put 15 new courses in front of various States. Under this, there are proposals enabling BEd directly after class 12th and an integrated Course of 4 years (2 years of BEd+ 2 Years of MEd) after Graduation.
The 15 Curriculums for which 15 courses will be offered has already been decided. A 20 weeks or almost 4 months of training will be mandatory in these courses.
Don’t know how to react to this idea.
The teaching sector is already too cluttered with these Teacher Training Courses, that there’s hardly any need to complicate it further. It appears yet another tactic by the Government to allow businesses earn at the cost of those who want to take teaching as their profession. Ideally, the Government must allow the students to study their chosen subjects. After all, what is the purpose of encouraging students to do BEd after class 12th, when they themselves don’t have the expertise to teach their respective subjects. Isn’t it much better to allow them to focus on their higher education with single minded focus? It will at least ensure that meritorious students get inducted as teachers. The Government needs to declutter things. Instead of making it mandatory for every aspiring teacher to do BEd and qualify TET (teacher Eligibility Test); it must set up a simple process, wherein students having the Eligibility Qualification (Class 12th, Graduation or Post Graduation) appear in an entrance exam. Those who get selected are then put on a 20 week or whatever duration training, the cost of which will be on the Employer or the recruiter. The employer can make the inductee sign a bond to ensure the return on its investment.
Ideally, BEd or MEd, must only be pursued by those students, who want to teach Education as a subject or do research in Education. For instance, they can teach those who are to take the 20 week teaching training.