Paving the way for sweeping reforms in the teacher education system,the Supreme Court has ordered the Centre and state governments to strictly follow the directives of a court-mandated panel in order to prevent deteriorating teachers quality in the country.
The sub-committee was formed by the HRD ministry under court directives to ensure implementation of the Justice Verma Commissions recommendations. The nine-member commission,headed by ex-CJI
J S Verma,was mandated to examine the entire gamut of issues which had a bearing on improving the quality of teacher education and the regulatory functions of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE).
In pursuant to the court orders,the government has formed a sub-committee… We make it clear that all the recommendations of the sub-committee hereinafter shall be final and binding on the Centre,all the state governments,NCTE and UGC, ordered a Bench of Justices G S Singhvi and V Gopala Gowda. It also commended Additional Solicitor General Gaurab Banerjee for the governments assistance to the court in ensuring a policy framework is developed.
While the Central Advisory Board on Education endorsed Justice Verma Commissions report,the SC order now makes the directions of its sub-committee binding on all the governments and hence permission to open a teacher training institution will now have to be subjected to the sub-committees standards.
Earlier,regretting the quality of existing teachers,the court favoured a slew of reforms and set up the Verma Commission. Bringing teacher education under the higher education system and an restructuring of the NCTE were some of the reforms proposed.