Teacher education: The key to quality teaching and quality education

Recent national policy guidelines such as the National Curriculum Framework 2005 (NCF 05),  NCF for Teacher Education 2009, and Right to Education Act (RTE) 2009 paint a commendable vision to radically transform India’s elementary education system.

However, no education system can rise above the quality of its teachers. While considerable energy has gone into bringing about some of these changes through the Indian government’s landmark Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) programme, mission-mode efforts  will not be enough to bring substantial and lasting reform unless larger structural changes are brought about in the Teacher Education (TE) system. To date, though, this sector and its needs have not received enough public attention.

The alarming state of Teacher Education in the country is reflected in the fact that, in recent years, the majority of graduates that have appeared for the central Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) have failed to demonstrate even the most basic knowledge base expected from a teacher.

This is not to mention the vision, skills and values necessary for the kind of classroom envisioned by progressive  policy documents, but which for the most part are not adequately addressed by teacher training programmes. Although a range of committees and policy documents in recent decades have decried the worrying state of teacher education and have made many recommendations for its urgent reform, the majority of these proposals have yet to be implemented.

While demand for more teachers has in recent years led to an explosion in the number of Teacher Education Institutions (TEIs) and courses at various levels, this has not been coupled with a push on infrastructure, faculty expertise, learning resources or quality. A greater challenge is that more than 85 per cent of these TEIs are in the private sector where the state has exerted little quality control.

Along with this we, as a team of Eckovation, suggest all the teachers to at least start doing close interaction with other teachers and students by creating their own virtual classrooms on the social learning platform. This gives a great advantages to the teachers to expand their know how by interacting more number of students in one particular session. So create your own classroom on Eckovation App.

Source: Unicef

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