New Delhi: Already marred with the scarcity of teachers in government schools, now their incompetence is proving to be a major concern for the government to enact the Right to Education in letter and spirit.

As per the data available till the last month, 6.7 lakh teachers do not fulfill the yardstick of Right to Education Act. This is in addition to the requirement of 13 lakhs teachers in the government schools across the country.

Justifying the matter, government has opined that the teachers have been given a time period of five years to meet the standards.

It should be mentioned that there is a provision of training for teachers under the government flagship perogramme - Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan.

The government has fixed the minimum eligibility criteria for teachers under the Act. As per the rules, one should have passed at least intermediate for taking classes of class 1 to 5.

For being eligible to teach in class 6 to 8, one should have completed his or her graduation apart from fulfilling other criteria.

The Central Board of Secondary Education for the first time has introduced Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) to ascertain teachers’ eligibility.
States governments are soon to follow CTET-based tests for teachers.