Introducing Semester system from the academic year 2019-20 DIET

School Education Department Introducing Semester system from the academic year 2019- 20 in Diploma in Elementary Education course conducting by the Elementary Teacher Training Institutes and District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) and making mandatory Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System for students and teachers in all District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) and Private Unaided Minority and Nonminority Elementary Teacher Training Institutes from the academic year 2019-20.

Issued.rules relating to admission of students into Elementary Teacher Training Institutes /District Institutes of Education and Training through Common Entrance Test Rules, 2015 have been issued and accordingly, the rules came into force from the academic year 2015-16, and subsequently amended the said rules revising the scheduleof DEECET vide G.O. 2nd read above.

Commissioner of School Education, A.P. has stated that, at present the duration of the D.El.Ed., course is 2-years. As per NCTE norms several States and Universities, including Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, National Institute for Open Schooling (NIOS), Delhi University are following Semester system for D.El.Ed course.

In order to stop year long poor admission practices, providing quality teacher education, andto streamline the academic year, etc. it is opined that semester system will be helpful.

She has further stated that during the meeting held on 06.02.2019 with Educationists and the representatives of the managements of the Pvt. D.El.Ed. Colleges, it has been suggested for introduction of Semester system in 2 years D.El.Ed Course to regulate D.El.Ed Academic year. Semester system will ensure that students get quality training in theory as well aspracticum in each semester.

All the Teacher educators have to get required training to conduct the course in semester pattern. Government Examination Board will need to make required arrangements to conduct examination in this pattern. SCERT, Andhra Pradesh should take responsibility to reorganize syllabus theory and practicum of 2- year D.El.Ed course, preparation of Blueprint and weightage tables of question papers and capacity building of Teacher Educators in the semester system.

Therefore, the Commissioner of School Education, A.P. has proposed to introduce Semester system in Diploma in
Elementary Education course conducting by the Elementary Teacher Training Institutes and District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) from the academic year 2019-20.

The Commissioner of School Education, A.P. has also stated that eHazar is already being implemented in Government District Institutes for Education and Training and as per the instructions issued by

the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Private colleges are mandated to capture the Aadhaar Based Bio-metric attendance for the students studying in private colleges to become eligible for Fee-Reimbursement and hence

She has proposed to make biometric attendance mandatory in private Teacher Educational Institutions running D.El.Ed course.In the circumstance reported by the Commissioner of School Education, A.P., after
careful examination of the matter, Government hereby accord permission to the
Commissioner of School Education,

A.P. to introduce Semester system in Diploma in Elementary Education course conducting by the Elementary Teacher Training Institutes and District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) from the academic year 2019-20 to regulate D.El.Ed Academic year and to ensure that students get quality training in theory as well as practicum in each semester.

Government hereby further accord permission to the Commissioner of School Education, A.P. to make Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System for students and teachers in all District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs) and Private Unaided Minority and Non-minority Elementary Teacher Training Institutes.

The Commissioner of School Education, A.P. shall take following steps for effective implementation of the
Semester System and Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System that:-

(i) All the Teacher educators have to get required training to conduct course in semester pattern.

(ii) Government Examination Board should make required arrangements to conduct the examination in Semester system.

(iii) SCERT, Andhra Pradesh should take responsibility to reorganize syllabus theory and practicum of 2- year D.El.Ed course, preparation of Blue print and weightage tables of question papers and capacity building of Teacher Educators in the semester system.

(iv) Aadhaar Enabled Biometric Attendance System for students and teachers should be verified by the Director of Government Examinations before conducting examinations.

The Commissioner of School Education, A.P., the Director of Government Examinations, and the Director, SCERT, A.P. shall take action accordingly.

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