CS highlights need to train teachers for quality education
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.
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