On Thursday, Prakash Javadekar said that that government is going to introduce a four-year course in B.Ed (Bachelor in Education) with the aim of improving quality of teaching. "We are going to launch a four-year integrated course from next year. The standard of teaching has gone down because it tends to be the last option for those who join. This should be the first choice. This should be a professional choice, not some leftover," Mr. Javadekar said while addressing principals of Kendriya Vidyalayas and Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas.
The entire curriculum has been re-worked by the National Council for Teacher Education, a statutory body responsible for coordinating teacher education.
When implemented, the course will save one year of the aspirant as they will be able to join the course immediately after class 12, against the current system of doing graduation first and then two-year B.Ed.
The Minister also said that 15-20 states will start conducting the exams for classes 5 to 8 after the scrapping of no detention policy.
"We lost 10 years of education because of the no-detention policy. It was a mistake. But now, about 15-20 states will start conducting exams from this year," Javadekar said.