Lucknow: Supporting the proposal to streamline teaching in schools in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Mayawati has given her nod to regularize the services of 1.24 lakh shiksha mitras deployed in primary schools in rural areas and towns across the state.

As per the Cabinet’s decision, shiksha mitras (para-teachers) will be promoted to full-time teachers in the primary schools of the state. They will have to undergo two-year training as per the guidelines of the National Teachers' Education Board. The training will be held through distance education programme. Those qualifying for the examination after the training will be graduated to teachers in the primary schools.

The training will be given in two phases. Out of 1.24 lakhs, 62,000 shiksha mitras will be included in 2011-13 session, while for the second lot of around 62,000 shiksha mitras, the training will be imparted in 2013-15.
After qualifying the final exam, shiksha mitras will be issued certificates on behalf of the State Council Educational Research and Training (SCERT). They will also teach in schools during their training programmes. For this, they will be paid Rs 3500 as monthly honorarium.

There is a target to regularise the services of all the shiksha mitras by June 2015, sources said.