Statesman News Service
MALDA, 18 MAY: Many teachers working in secondary schools in the state are facing problem to complete B Ed degree following the new system of the National Council for Teacher Education introduced from this year.
According to the new system of NCTE, a general candidate will be able to apply for admission in B Ed who has secured 50 per cent marks in graduation or post graduation. Schedule caste and tribe candidate will be eligible to apply if they have 45 per cent. Last year the required marks were 45 per cent for general and 40 per cent for SC and ST candidates.
Following the new system of the NCTE, there are many teachers working in secondary schools in Malda and adjoining districts appointed through school service commission are not in a position to apply for admission to complete B Ed degree during service period from government B Ed colleges because they do not have required marks.
If they can not complete B Ed degree within five years in school service increment of their salary will be stopped after 2012.
The education officials in the state had tried to change the present policy of the NCTE since last year but ultimately decided to follow the NCTE’s present policy from this year.
Universities in the state have finally decided to follow the NCTE’s guidelines to conduct their central admission system for respective government and private B Ed colleges.
The acting registrar of the Gour Banga University Mr Apurba Chakraborty said: “We are following the NCTE’s guidelines to maintain central admission system for B Ed colleges affiliated to our university. General candidates must have to secure 50 per cent marks for admission”.
“There are many teachers in schools will not able to complete B Ed degree from government colleges affiliated to the GBU in three districts due to NCTE’s guidelines. But there is an alternative way. Teachers, who do not have required percentage of marks, can complete B Ed degree from IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)”, said Prof. Sakti Patra, convener of GBU’s monitoring committee for central admission for B Ed colleges.
According to Prof Patra, he recently retired from government B Ed College in Malda: “Assistant teachers and even para teachers in secondary school can get admission for two years B Ed course in IGNOU. The teachers must have three years experience in teaching in a secondary school”.