New Delhi: NIOS teachers who have not completed the six-month D.El. Ed bridge course will not be able to work, stated a report. The NIOS will soon make this announcement after releasing the D.El. Ed results. According to NIOS, over four lakh teachers across the country have not completed the D.El. Ed course. Out of this total, as many as 78,000 teachers belong to Bihar.

Notably, in Bihar alone, a total of 2,85,000 teachers had registered for the D.El. Ed course. However, only 2,07,000 teachers were able to complete the course. The remaining 78,000 teachers are unable to complete the course, which includes teachers working in private schools as well as government schools. These teachers will be removed from their posts, said Professor and Director of NIOS, CB Sharma. Similarly, there are thousands of teachers from every state whose job has been threatened since they have not completed the D.El. Ed course.

The D.El. Ed course was established in 2017 and till March 31, 2019, all the teachers were required to undertake the training. The responsibility to ensure that teachers are trained was given to NIOS in 2016. Thus teachers who had completed their BEd course had to do the six-month D.El. Ed bridge course.

In this regard, on Friday, Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar said that a backlog of training of 14 lakh untrained primary teachers in Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) programme since 2009 has been successfully completed. In his twitter handle, Javadekar congratulated all teachers for the hard work they put in for completing the D.El.Ed programme.

“Teacher education is key to education reform. The backlog of training of 14 lakh untrained primary teachers since 2009 when the RTE was passed has been successfully completed,” said Javadekar. “Rare feat achieved. Congrats to @HRDMinistry @NIOS officials, staff; & teachers from more than 70 colleges/institutions who contributed to the training of untrained in-service teachers through their excellent VIDEO lectures. This has made possible ‘Reaching the Unreached’. Well done,” read another tweet.

About D.El.Ed Programme:

D.El.Ed programme is a specifically designed package for in-service untrained teachers working in primary and upper primary schools of different states of the country. The programme, which aims at making teaching and learning more effective, has been developed by the Academic Department, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) on the initiative of HRD government keeping in view the National Curriculum Framework 2005, Right to Education 2009 and National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education 2010.

(With agency inputs)