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In JK, over 2,000 untrained teachers lack requisite professional qualifications: GoI

Srinagar, November 02, 2021: In Jammu and Kashmir, over 2000 ‘untrained’ teachers posted in Government Secondary Schools lack the requisite professional qualifications to teach the students, the Government of India (GoI) has said.

According to the official documents accessed by the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the Ministry of Education (MoE) for the GoI and officials of Jammu and Kashmir in an Project Approval Board Meeting (PAB) 2021-22 held earlier this year has said, “There are 2061 untrained teachers in Government Secondary Schools based on UDISE 2018-19 who do not meet the requisite professional qualifications.”

In the meeting, the GoI advised the Jammu and Kashmir government to roll out a policy to enroll such teachers in teacher’s education institutions to complete the professional course without having minimum qualifications.

“All untrained teacher’s need to professionally train so as to be compliant with National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) regulations,” GoI said.

The GoI also informed the JK government that during the current year, all left out untrained teachers, masters and lecturers of the School Education Department shall be enrolled in the B.ed course through IGNOU.

Besides, the authorities from the Jammu and Kashmir government in the meeting informed GoI that the learning outcomes document developed by NCERT New Delhi was printed by Samagra Shiksha and distributed to all primary school teachers.

“Learning Outcomes posters have been pasted in classrooms of Government schools from class 1-8 which serve as a benchmark for the teachers to know the level of learning outcome to the children,” reads the response of the government.

The documents further reveal that “In JK, at least 8156 Upper Primary Schools were provided learning resource kits to build scientific temperament among the children and 41,000 Early Mathematics kits were distributed among all primary schools across UT to upgrade numerical skills of the children.”—(KNO)

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