A bill was passed in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday to restore powers to National Council of Teacher Education for framing rules and regulations related to qualification of teachers in primary schools.
The National Council of Teachers Education (Amendment) Bill, 2010, was introduced in the House last year following a Supreme Court order, which held that the qualification for appointment of teachers in ordinary educational institutions like primary schools could not prescribed under the NCTE Act.
“It is considered necessary to amend the Act to clarify that it applies to schools, school teachers, and the minimum qualifications for appointment of school teachers, so as to have uniform standards of teaching in schools in the country,” the bill’s statement of object and reasons said.HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said, “We decided to amend the Act. Therefore, we moved the NCTE (Amendment) Bill. In that bill, we tried to clarify the provisions of the Act. It will be applicable to students, educational institutions, primary and secondary institutions.”
He said the Act was being amended to ensure quality of education in schools and maintain uniformity.