The initiative aims to upgrade the quality of education in the government schools of India.
Human resource is one of the most critical resources for the development and growth of a country. India is a country where a substantial part of its population comprises youth. Developing and nurturing this young population will only help the country grow.
Ministry of Human Resources & Development is very concerned about fostering the talent in the country. It is important that the teachers and mentors who educate and guide young talent are equally talented and qualified. Recently, the government announced that teachers in schools under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan need to train and pass a qualifying examination to be able to teach in schools or lose their jobs. The announcement met with massive protests from the teachers.
Paying heed to the large number of untrained teachers and the threat to the quality of education, the Ministry is going to launch a teacher-education programme in the country on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti. The purpose is to train around 11.09 lakh untrained teachers by March 2019. This is one of the largest teacher-training programmes in the country.
India has over 11 lakh untrained teachers in schools under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan currently.
These teachers will be trained through the Swayam and Swayam Prabha DTH channels. Earlier, they were trained through DEd and BEd colleges. Also, the RTE Act directed earlier to complete diploma in elementary education by 2015.
The programme will start on October 2, and will continue till June, 2018. In 2019, it will start in July and will end on March 19. There are nine courses and 1080 lectures designed in 10 languages to train the teachers. While they will be instructed online, 24 face-to-face workshops will also be arranged during school holidays.
Apart from this teacher education programme, the Ministry is also planning to launch a project where around 2000 students from the Kendriya Vidyalayas will be taught science and mathematics using tablets. This project is expected to be launched on Teachers’ Day, that is, September 5. The focus will be on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The students will be able to submit their assignments online for evaluation. The project will run on a pilot basis, and based on the results will be adopted in all schools across the country.
Given the low quality of teachers in government schools and the outdated education system, if the programme is implemented efficiently, the quality of education in schools will certainly be upgraded over the years.