It’s high time that we do not let such fake colleges remain functional, so New Draft National Education Policy recommends urgent closure of institutes selling degrees for a price.The progress on this mission will be reviewed by National Higher Education Regulatory Authority (NHERA) every three months and by Rashtriya Shiksha Ayog (RSA) every six months
Most institutions today providing teacher education are small colleges in the private sector that offer only a single narrow programme, and where there is a general lack of commitment to the need for rigour and quality in teacher preparation.The draft policy prepared by the government -appointed panel headed by eminent space scientist K. Kasturirangan said the teacher education sector has been beleaguered with “mediocrity as well as rampant corruption due to commercialisation”.
Private Teacher training system is infested with ‘mediocrity’ and ‘rampant corruption’, says the new the draft National Education Policy of the HRD Ministry. It recommended urgent closure of such institutes and replacing these with an integrated Bachelors in Education (B.Ed.) programme to be offered by universities.Underlining that the ‘future of the nation is at stake’, it has said that the closure of the private teacher training institutes should be done on “mission mode” and backed with a sound legal approach by the constitution of quasi-judicial body by the government to ensure its effective implementation.
The draft policy, emphasises that by 2023, the country should only have the educationally sound teacher preparation programmes in operation, developing professionally competent teachers — all others must be shut down. It has been uploaded on the MHRD’s website for the public to provide suggestions, says the action to close down such institutions will have to be taken “with energy and will, in the face of every resistance”.The two bodies will be created by the Centre once the policy comes into place.
The aptitude test to for the admission to this programme would be conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA). “This is in keeping with the principle of separating Board Examinations from official university entrance examinations, while the full criteria and process for admissions will be left to the universities and colleges offering these programmes,” the draft policy added.