The Maharashtra government has issued orders making it compulsory for all education degree colleges to keep seven teachers for every 100 students in an institute. The decision to make the 1:14 clause compulsory will ensure that fly-by-night operators are not allowed to enter the field.
All aided and unaided education degree colleges will,from this academic year,need to adhere to the norms laid down by the National Council for Teacher Education, the government said in a resolution.
As per the NCTE rules,each education degree college with an intake of 100 students needs to have at least one principal and seven full-time teachers. It also entails that the number of students in any college should not be more than 300.
BEd colleges have proliferated in the state in the past few years. In Maharashtra alone,there are over 540 BEd colleges,teaching over 45,000 students every year. The graduates are recruited from the primary till the higher secondary level. NCTE had barred the opening of new teachers colleges in the state due to over supply. Many of these colleges,which would have a tough time finding students,were also severely under-staffed.
The state has also asked all aided colleges to make a list of teachers. The colleges with a greater number of teachers than the set ratio will be asked to move them to colleges where the balance is skewed.