Amendment to ‘The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009’ gets cabinet nod

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The Union Cabinet recently approved the amendment to ‘The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009’. Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the cabinet meeting.

According a to Press Information Bureau statement, the amendment will “Ensure that all teachers, in position as on March 31, 2015, acquire the minimum qualifications prescribed by the academic authority to extend the period for such training for four years up to March 31, 2019.

The statement further explained that the in-service untrained elementary teachers can now complete their training and ensure that all teachers at the elementary level have a certain minimum standard of qualifications. The idea is to improve the overall quality of teachers, teaching processes and consequently learning outcomes of children.

It may be recalled that ‘The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009’ came into effect from April 1, 2010.

As per the provisions of the Act, all those teachers who did not possess the necessary minimum qualifications should acquire the qualifications by March 31, 2015. However, 11 lakh teachers out of the total of 66.41 lakh continued to remain untrained in the country.

As per the PIB statement, with the approval of the new amendment the government has given time to the untrained teachers to get trained by March 31st, 2019.