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Common entrance exams for aspiring schoolteachers

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Indian government is planning to come-up with a common centralised examination for aspiring school teachers. This examination is expected to replace the state-level exams, described sources from HRD ministry. The move aims to improve the quality of teachers in the government schools across the country. The human resource development ministry will hold talks with all stakeholders including the states and the National Council for Teacher Education, the apex body that governs teacher education in the country, later this week.

After obtaining a Bachelor of Education or Diploma in Education qualification, the candidates will become eligible for taking the proposed common entrance examination. The human resource development ministry's move comes at a time when India needs at least one million teachers to successfully implement the Right to Education Act that guarantees education to all students in the 6-14 age group. Currently, India has around 220 million students in schools.

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