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What is multi-disciplinary study option under National Education Policy in rural areas?

National Education Policy, 2020 focuses on preparing an initial cadre of high-quality Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) teachers in Anganwadis

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On the issues of multi-disciplinary option, the National Education Policy, 2020 has stated that teacher preparation will also be done in integrated and multidisciplinary manner. The policy also states that to ensure an adequate number of teachers across subjects - particularly in subjects such as art, physical education, vocational education, and languages - teachers could be recruited to a school or school complex and the sharing of teachers across schools could be considered in accordance with the grouping-of-schools adopted by state and union territory governments, Union Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha Tuesday.

The National Education Policy, 2020 provides that to prepare an initial cadre of high-quality Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) teachers in Anganwadis, current Anganwadi workers and teachers will be trained through a systematic effort in accordance with the curricular, pedagogical framework developed by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). Anganwadi workers and teachers with qualifications of 10+2 and above shall be given a 6-month certificate programme in ECCE; and those with lower educational qualifications shall be given a one-year diploma programme covering early literacy, numeracy, and other relevant aspects of ECCE, the minister added.

These programmes may be run through digital and distance mode using DTH channels as well as smartphones, allowing teachers to acquire ECCE qualifications with minimal disruption to their current work. The ECCE training of Anganwadi workers and teachers will be mentored by the Cluster Resource Centres of the School Education Department which shall hold at least one monthly contact class for continuous assessment, the Education Minister further informed the Parliament.

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