Teachers do not want to work in rural areas: Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar : NATION
Excerpts from an interview with Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar
Q. Shiksha Mitras held big protests in UP not too long ago…
A. A lot of academics had been appointed underneath the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and RTE. It is inconceivable to substantiate all of them at one go. Since training is a state topic, each state has its personal guidelines. Nevertheless, the Centre had mandated TET as a qualification. The appointment of those that didn’t clear TET has now been reversed in UP. The federal government has organized a second TET examination. After RTE, academics got the choice of getting a diploma in training. Some Four-5 lakh academics did, however one other 15 lakh didn’t. Now they’ve been given one other probability, until 2019.
Q. Final December, you informed Parliament there have been near 9 lakh main college trainer vacancies.
A. That isn’t true. The coed trainer ratio ought to be 30, so there are sufficient academics. The issue is of their deployment. Nobody needs to go to rural areas, so the scarcity appears starker there. That’s the reason we have now instructed all states to make sure correct deployment.
Q. Are there extra vacancies in UP and Bihar?
A. No, you aren’t counting the Shiksha Mitras.
Q. What concrete steps is the Centre taking up main training? Is the RTE being reviewed?
A. We’re not reviewing RTE, we’re in actual fact strengthening it. We’ve outlined studying outcomes. On the idea of those, a Nationwide Evaluation Survey was completed on November 13, which can henceforth be an annual train.
Q. The states complain that they don’t have sufficient funds for main training.
A. That isn’t so. In 2014, states used to get Rs three lakh crore, which has gone as much as Rs 6 lakh crore now. The 14th Finance Fee had advisable that allocation for training be elevated 10 per cent yearly. States that are not doing so are those now complaining.