Over two lakh primary school teachers' jobs are reportedly saved by NHRC's intervention

More than two lakh graduate and postgraduate upper primary teachers in schools of various categories across the nation have had their jobs "saved" as a result of the National Human Rights Commission's intervention, the rights panel reported on Wednesday. According to the statement, these teachers worked at a variety of government-run, government-aided, and private, unaided schools but did not meet the eligibility requirement of 50% in Class 12.

"The National Institute of Open School (NIOS) was given the task of preparing these teachers by the end of March 2019 in accordance with the National Council for Teacher Education's (NCTE) guidelines. Many elementary school teachers have earned their diplomas, but the NIOS withheld the diploma-cum-certificates of those who did not receive at least 50% of the required marks in the 12th grade, which may have cost them their jobs "In a statement, the NHRC said.

According to the 2017 amendment to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Act, all untrained in-service teachers were required to complete this training.

According to the statement, "Upon receiving a complaint regarding the matter, the Commission found that the NIOS had failed to make clear in its prospectus that the eligibility requirement for in-service graduate and post-graduate teachers to pursue a diploma in elementary education would be 50% marks in 10+2."

Further, the Commission requested that the Ministry of Education reexamine the matter because it might negatively impact the right to a living for teachers who are otherwise graduates or postgraduates, who have been in the classroom for some time, and even who have earned the necessary elementary education diploma in accordance with the RTE Act and Rules enacted there under.

According to a statement, "Considering the recommendations of the Commission, the Union Ministry of Education has given a one-time relaxation from this norm to all those candidates, who have cleared diploma in elementary education from the National Institute of Open School (NIOS), striking a balance between the statutory provisions and the right to life and livelihood."

Because they did not receive 50% of the available points in the 12th grade, the NHRC's intervention "saved the job of more than two lakh graduate/post graduate upper primary level teachers in government/government aided and private unaided schools across the country."

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