The government should do a rethink over the Karnataka Elementary Teacher Education Curriculum for the Diploma in Education (D.Ed), said Renni D’Souza, Director, PADI, a nongovernmental organisation that deals with children’s issues.

Speaking at a consultation on the revised syllabus of the D.Ed course in the city on Tuesday, he said the public should be made aware of the shortcomings in the document. For instance, it has errors such as the use of several abbreviations, of which nobody knows the expanded form. Also, the document lacks continuity and has information in compartments. It has excluded concepts such as humanistic psychology, emphasised by National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education, he said.

He said there were a range of issues about which the teachers wanted to communicate to officials. One was about the low number of students, the others were about appointments of teachers and how to get quality teachers.

Suggestions had been made from Dakshina Kannada district to the document during its drafting, which has been defined without any representative of the people from the coastal districts. Besides, the Kannada version of the document is a bad translation, he said.

A State-level network will start a debate on Saturday in Bangalore on the issue of the implementation of the D.Ed curriculum, he said.

Philomena Lobo, Principal, District Institute of Education and Training, said there were two issues that were relevant to the meet. She said many teachers asked her for whom all the work was being done because the schools, whether primary, higher primary, had very few students. The question is what happens to the few students who do attend school, she said. Government Kannada medium schools are being forced to close because of low enrolment, she said. The other issue is that the D.Ed course has to include many new concepts (such as ‘Nali Kali’) that have gained currency in the past 10 years. “All the new concepts should be made part of the training,” she said.

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