New Delhi, Jagran Bureau. In schools, there is a minimum qualification prescribed for teachers teaching all other subjects including science, social science. But there is no minimum qualification for teaching important subjects like music, arts and crafts education. This is the situation when the NCTE (National Council for Teacher Education), the agency that decides the minimum qualification of school teachers, itself realizes its need for better quality. Nevertheless, the responsibility of setting these standards is left to the states, which determine it in different ways. This remains a problem for the students studying these subjects.

This remains a problem for students studying arts and crafts

The surprising thing is that NCTE has made it mandatory for teachers to teach in schools, B.Ed (Bachelor in Education) or its equivalent course. But this is not applicable to teachers engaged in arts and crafts education etc. It has different standards in all states. However, it keeps getting worse from time to time. Recently, controversies also came to the fore in Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan, where a demand for B.Ed was made for the recruitment of teachers. However, these rules were withdrawn after the controversy escalated. Later recruitment was done on the basis of BFA (Bachelor in Fine Art) standard.

Demand to set guidelines for recruitment of such teachers

After such controversies in the states, the acting president of Lalit Kala Akademi also wrote a letter to Education Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. In this, like other teachers, there was a demand for fixing the minimum qualification for the teachers of arts and crafts and the guidelines for the recruitment of such teachers for the states. This demand for fixing minimum standards for teachers associated with arts and crafts education has gained momentum at a time when the campaign to implement the National Policy on Education (NEP) is going on in full swing across the country.

NCTE will soon take a decision on this

According to the officials associated with the implementation of the policy, it is necessary to set standards at all levels to improve the quality of school education. NCTE will take a decision on this soon. It is noteworthy that in the year 2011, NCTE had fixed the minimum qualification for teaching teachers in schools. However, in the notification issued regarding this, NCTE had asked to adopt only the eligibility prescribed by the states for art education, craft education and home science till the time NCTE fixes a minimum eligibility for such teachers. . It is 11 years, but till now NCTE has not decided any eligibility. Everything is left to the states.

Edited By: Arun Kumar Singh