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IGNOU, DSEK leave untrained teachers in lurch

IGNOU, DSEK leave untrained teachers in lurch
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Srinagar: The untrained teachers who had registered themselves to pursue in-service B.Ed course have been left high and dry by the education department.

Almost a year has passed but the teachers have not received any official confirmation about conduct of their classes and other prerequisites involved in completing the degree.

Pertinently, the school education department had registered around 8000 un-trained teachers with Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) last year in September following which the teachers even deposited the required fee as well.

“But we are not aware about the status of the course for which we have registered. We have not attended any class till date nor have we received any official information regarding the same,” said a group of teachers who have paid an installment of Rs 12000 to the department to pursue B.Ed course.

Pertinently, Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has set a deadline for school education department to train their un-trained teachers before April 2019.

“To meet the deadline, the department took up the matter with IGNOU which agreed to accommodate a batch of 8000 untrained graduate teachers for B.Ed training but there is no further progress in it apart from payment of fee,” a teacher said.

An official said “special” arrangements were made for teachers to complete their registration before September 15 in view of the new education Act which entrusted the department to make the teachers trained.

As per official figures, the school education department has a total of 14000 untrained graduate teachers besides having other undergraduate untrained teachers as well.

“Undergraduate untrained teachers will be trained through DIETs in every district and rest of the graduate un-trained teachers were supposed to get trained through IGNOU,” the official said.

The training of teachers will cost around Rs 11 crore for the department for which an amount of Rs 6 core is already available with the department.

“Further, SSA was supposed to meet the requirement of Rs 5 to 6 crore for this. They were supposed to write to MHRD for additional requirement of money but there is no present status available on it,” the official said.

Meanwhile, the Directorate of education Kashmir recently invited application from un-trained graduate teachers for their deputation to erstwhile college of education Srinagar to pursue in-service B.Ed degree but it had debarred those teachers who had already registered their names under IGNOU or distance education department of Kashmir University.

“We are left in a lurch because we are uncertain about our degree for which we have registered in IGNOU. No classes are being conducted and on the other side we can’t go for B.Ed course in college of education,” the un-trained teachers said.

Director School Education Kashmir (DSEK) G N Itoo said the department will take up the matter with SSA directorate and authorities in IGNOU as well.

“Actually SSA directorate had to take up this issue with IGNOU. We will take up the matter with them,” Itoo said.

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