Advertisment

Patna High Court Rules Out B.Ed Degree Holders from Primary Education in Bihar

author-image
Dil Bar Irshad
New Update
Patna High Court Rules Out B.Ed Degree Holders from Primary Education in Bihar

In a significant ruling, the Patna High Court has declared that nearly 22,000 Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree holders are unqualified to teach primary school students in Bihar. The judgement, passed on Wednesday, December 6, 2023, underscores a Supreme Court directive and mandates that only Diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) holders are eligible to teach students from the first to fifth grade.

Advertisment

Contextualizing the Verdict

The Patna High Court's verdict arrived in the wake of hearing three separate cases, in adherence to Article 141 of the Constitution. This constitutional provision obligates the court to abide by the decisions of the Supreme Court. The court further termed the notification issued by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) on June 28, 2018, as legally incorrect. The NCTE's notification had previously recognized B.Ed degree holders as eligible to teach primary classes.

Implications for Current and Future Teachers

Advertisment

This ruling upends the NCTE notification and fortifies the Supreme Court's position that B.Ed degree holders cannot be appointed as primary school teachers. The court has instructed the Bihar government to acquiesce to this decision and subsequently adjust the appointment process for primary school teachers. This judgement carries substantial ramifications for those who were appointed after the 6th phase of teacher recruitment in 2021, as well as for future vacancies. The verdict raises alarm bells about the job security of the current B.Ed teachers in the state.

Reshaping the Landscape of Primary Education

The Patna High Court's ruling, delivered by Chief Justice K Vinod Chandran and Justice Rajiv Roy, is a clear deviation from the earlier recruitment process and sets a new precedent for primary education in Bihar. The ruling emphasizes the importance of specialized training in elementary education for primary school teachers, thus ensuring a more focused pedagogical approach. This decision, while posing challenges for B.Ed holders, is a significant step towards enhancing the quality of primary education in Bihar.

Advertisment
Advertisment