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Lok Sabha on Friday passed the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill allowing teachers appointed on or before March 31, 2015, to acquire minimum qualifications within a period of four years from the date of commencement of the Act.
Now what this does is that it gives an opportunity to 8.5 lakh unqualified teachers to get their degree. Appointed after implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) law, another chance to get recognised degrees. The amendment bill gives them the final chance till March 2019 to get degrees or they may lose jobs.
When the RTE Act was implemented in 2010, new schools were set up but qualified teachers were not available and unqualified teachers, including those with graduation degrees, were recruited, HRD minister Prakash Javadekar said while talking about the bill.
They were given five years to get qualified for their profession, he said. The bill was supported by K V Thomas of Congress. Still, six lakh private school teachers and 2.5 lakh government school teachers continue to educate without proper qualification, the minister added.
Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant said while education is compulsory, it is necessary that standards are the same across the country, failing which, the law will not serve its purpose. B Mahtab of BJD demanded a separate budget for the RTE so that its progress could be ascertained.