SHILLONG, Sep 07: Aspiring teachers in Meghalaya will now have to attain 32 years of age before they get a chance to impart education after the State Cabinet has decided to raise the age requirement for those seeking to enter the profession.
Earlier the age limit was set at 27 years which has now been raised to 32 years.
“We have decided to increase the age limit for entry into the teaching profession from the existing 27 years to 32 years. There will five years relaxation for the scheduled tribes,” the state’s Education Minister Lahkmen Rymbui informed after the Cabinet meeting which was held here on Friday.
Asked why the government has decided to bring about this change, Rymbui said that in the present context, one needs to have an extra qualification to get into a teaching profession.
“Before only a bachelor degree is sufficient to get into the teaching job. Besides a bachelor degree, you need to have a B.Ed. degree to teach in the secondary level. In the higher secondary level, you need to have Post Graduate Degree besides the B.Ed. degree,” Rymbui said
He said that the government has made this decision with an aim to ensure good quality teachers, who will help to improve the education system in the State.
Rymbui also said that by the time the people complete their Post Graduation and B.Ed., they are left with a limited a number of years to get a teaching job.
While acknowledging that there are many people who are keen to become teachers, he said that they would prefer to opt for a Government job since they have more years to apply for the job.