With the aim of boosting students’ performance and understanding of concepts in higher secondary classes, the State Council for Educational Research and Training organised a subject-wise training across the State for teachers of classes XI and XII.

S. Kannappan, Director, SCERT said that this was the first time that such subject-specific training was being conducted for post-graduate teachers.

Faculty from the District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), senior PG teachers and college professors were roped in to address the needs of teachers from government and government aided-schools.

“The focus was also on specific subjects in which students’ performance in the class XII board exams needed to be improved. It concentrated on content enrichment and suggestion of methodology for students in rural areas,” said S. Kannappan, director, SCERT, adding that it covered roughly 25,000 teachers.

On September 10 and 11, the last two days, biology teachers from the city were trained at Madras Seva Sadan School in Chetpet. E. Pamela Florence, a biology teacher and a participant, said the sessions delved deep into the nuances of the subjects.

“It also touched upon how to make the classes livelier, especially when you are dealing with dry topics such as immunology,” she said.

Teachers were asked to identify tough portion of the syllabus in various subjects, said R. Ayyappan, principal, DIET, Chennai. “They can get back to us with feedback or with specific requirements even after the training is over.

The sessions were also a platform for teachers from various schools to share problem areas and solutions,” he said.

Mr. Kannappam said that as a follow-up, the SCERT will request the Chief Education Officers to continuously monitor the improvement in teaching.

“We are expecting a 5-10 per cent improvement in performance, subject-wise,” he said. The training began on August 26 and concluded on Wednesday in most districts because of the rain.

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