Mumbai: Maharashtra Government planning to upgrade the eligibility criteria and making degree compulsory for primary school teachers in order to improve the teaching standards at the elementary level.
"The School Education Department is working on the proposal to modify the educational qualification norms for primary school teachers," an official from Education Department told a news agency.
The issue came up for discussion in a meeting of the department recently held with Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. School Education Minister Rajendra Darda suggested raising norms of eligibility for primary teachers which will improve quality of teaching, the official said.
There are over three lakh primary school teachers in the state and some of them may not be graduates. The department would give a timeframe for the non-graduate teachers to get their degrees if the proposal gets nod in the
Cabinet, he said.
As per the existing rules, a candidate needs to pass the HSC exam (standard 12th) with at least 50 percent marks and then complete a Diploma in Elementary Education (DEd) to apply for the primary teacher`s job.
The decision would affect about 14,000 candidates who get job as primary teachers every year across the state.