Checks conducted by News Desk of the Colleges of Education Weekly Journal reveal that about 9,700 applicants are likely to be admitted into the 46 public Colleges of Education across the Country this year. This is due to the infrastructure deficit in the Colleges.
Until the introduction of the B.Ed. programme, Colleges were initially running a 3-year Diploma course with a 2-year stay on campus and a year of teaching practice off-campus. However, with the B.Ed. programme student teachers are mandated to spend the entire 4-years on campus. Absorbing all 4-year groups on campus will be a major setback to authorities managing the various Colleges of Education due to the high infrastructure deficit in most of these institutions.
The admission process into the Colleges of Education is currently ongoing and scheduled to end by 31st July, 2020.
Authorities at some Colleges of Education who pleaded to speak to the News Desk on anonymity stated that “going into the next academic, we are seriously handicapped in taking new students. Our dormitories are choked with the 2-year groups already. We may need more lecture halls and dormitories to enable us to accommodate more students”.
Checks by the News also reveal that there is a likelihood that the 4-year B.Ed. programme may be reduced to 3-years to enable Colleges to admit more students in the new academic year while addressing the infrastructural challenges.
Source: News Desk, Colleges of Education Weekly Journal