THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The decision to make DlLEd (Diploma in Language Education) equivalent to Calicut University’s BEd course created a stir at the Curriculum Committee meeting held here on Tuesday.
Members of a couple of teachers’ organisations opposed the move alleging that it was to help non-eligible language teachers to become headmasters.
DlLEd course, formerly Language Teachers Training Course (LTTC), could be attended after SSLC. Most of the Arabic, Urdu, Sanskrit and Hindi teachers pass DlLEd-equivalent courses in their language such as Sahitya Sreshta in Hindi. Both pro-Left and pro-Congress teachers’ organisation representatives opposed the move to make it equivalent to Calicut University’s BEd course. ``Such a decision could not be taken by the Curriculum Committee as it does not have the power to do that. It wont stand,’’ one of the Curriculum Committee representatives said.
However, sources said that Education Minister P K Abdu Rabb, who chaired the meeting, was in favour of the decision.
A member of the pro-Congress organisation said that the move was to favour the language teachers from the Malabar area.
The Committee also decided to implement ICT education in lower primary and upper primary classes from next academic year.
It was also agreed in principle that awareness on road safety should be made part of the curriculum from lower classes itself.
A handbook for health and sports teachers was also approved at the meeting.