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LS passes bill to give unqualified RTE teachers another chance to acquire degrees

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New Delhi: The Lok Sabha (LS) on Friday passed a bill which seeks to give 8.5 lakh unqualified teachers, appointed after implementation of the Right to Education (RTE) law, another chance to get recognised degrees.

The amendment bill gives them the final chance till March, 2019 to get degrees or they may be in danger of losing jobs.

When the RTE Act was implemented in 2010, new schools were set up but qualified teachers were not available and unqualified teachers, including those with graduation degrees, were recruited, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said while piloting the Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

They were given five years to get qualified for their profession, he said.

Still, six lakh private school teachers and 2.5 lakh government school teachers continue to educate without proper qualification, the minister said.

He said the recently-launched ‘Swayam’ portal and HRD ministry’s free-to-air DTH channels can help such teachers get educational material.

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