‘Some teachers are unwilling to change’

Special Correspondent
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Teachers are not ready to adapt to change and some of them do not want to change at any cost, said Gayatri Pai, Headmistress, Canara English Higher Primary School.

Ms. Pai was speaking at a seminar on ‘effective teacher management for school success’ held by The Teacher Foundation (TTF), a non-governmental organisation that works towards empowering and developing skills of teachers and heads of schools in the city on Wednesday.

Teachers had to learn constantly and adapt to new situations continuously, said other teachers.

One school principal said that in a school with children from economically disadvantaged families, parents had high expectations from the teacher.

A headmistress said the difference between the values taught to students in school and what they were told outside the school posed a challenge for teachers.

One participant in a discussion on challenges for teachers, co-ordinated by Maya Menon, Founder Director, TTF, said while qualifications were necessary, qualities such as commitment, attitude, and dedication were equally important to make a good teacher.

Patsy Lobo, facilitator, TTF, Mangalore, said that schools must invest on in-house training for teachers. In-service training must be made the top investment head.

Unfortunately, however, in many schools, training for teachers was not seen as an investment head though money was spent on buildings, libraries, and computers.

More the number of years a teacher taught, greater was the need for training him or her, she said.



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