CS highlights need to train teachers for quality education

Aug 3, 2017

Mysuru: Chief secretary S C Khuntia has called upon NCERT to set up Indian Institute of Teachers’ Education — on the lines of IITs and IIMs — in all states to improve the quality of education at the school level.

While speaking at the 55th Foundation Day celebrations of Regional Institute of Education (RIE, Mysuru) here on Tuesday, Khuntia said: “After the implementation of RTE in 2010, the number of students enrolling in school has gone up. A lot more needs to be done to improve quality of education. NAS conducted by NCERT has revealed that only 36% of class 5 students could answer 50% of questions on comprehension. Similarly, only 37% of children could answer 50% of maths-related questions,” he added.

“A survey by a private agency indicated that half of the children in class 5 cannot comprehend passages which are meant for class 2,” said Khuntia, who served as the secretary of School Education and Literacy, HRD ministry, before assuming the office of the chief secretary.

“If we look at different aspects of quality of education, we find teachers making or marring the same. NCERT introduced integrated pre-service teacher courses. If the move is made universal, it may result in having quality teachers throughout the country,” he stated, adding: “Teachers’ recruitment needs to be made regular. The number of single-teacher school is high, and this needs to be addressed. The number of untrained teachers in the country stands at 15% of the total number of teachers in the elementary level. This should be made zero by imparting need-based training to teachers. There is also a paradigm change in teaching. Keeping this in view, NCERT should start preparing high-standard e-learning and e-teaching materials. For better results, the role of headmasters is important. To fine-tune their skills, National Centre for School Leadership has been set up.”

NCERT-Isro collaboration

NCERT director Hrushikesh Senapaty has said that NCERT will collaborate with Isro for the welfare of students and teachers in the days to come. “For the good of students, NCERT is moving from content-based curriculum to competency-based one. This will make students innovative, become good communicators and develop a good personality with character, intellect and social competency. We are now in the process of developing tools for secondary education,” he added.

On the occasion, Isro chairman A S Kiran Kumar presented Sardar Panikkar Memorial Lecture themed on ‘Development of scientific spirit among children’. He explained India’s achievements in space technology and briefed about PSLV and the launch of 209 satellites which included 29 from the neighbouring countries. He also mentioned how space technology is helping fisherman by predicting cyclone and other natural calamities.

Source: Times of India