The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) will start grading B.Ed colleges and teacher training institutes in the country from July 10, starting with Bihar.
According to Dr. A. Santhosh Mathew, chairperson of NCTE, each institution will be classified into four categories: A, B, C and D. Those falling in category D will be asked to close down while category C institutes will be inspected again within a year’s time and if it fails to improve it will be asked to shut shop. Under the revised framework, the institutions will be ranked on four key elements: physical assets, academic assets, teaching and learning quality and student learning outcomes.
In a major departure, greater weightage will be given to the methods used by teachers to teach and the overall quality of teaching and the learning levels of the students.
The council has already put up on its website details of institutions that have submitted either an affidavit that it had sought or those that were issued show cause notices and have replied. The council has issued an advisory to students not to enroll in any other institute other than those listed on the website.
The council will now start the process of inspecting the 11,474 institutes that will be given a grading depending on their performance. So far, students have been advised to take admissions in only 11,474 institutes. But with the exercise for allocating grades to institutes starting now more institutes are likely to be taken off this list. “We will grade all B.Ed colleges and institutes and it will be put out on our website,” said Dr. Mathew. So far, recognition and accreditation was given for lifetime but now it will be done every five year.