The quality of teaching in Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) schools in the State is set to improve with CBSE’s proposed Centre for Continuous and Professional Development (CCPD) of teachers about to turn operational in the city this December.

The Centre in Kochi is just one of the two the CBSE has allotted across the nation. Initially the centre will be housed in a rented building. “The Centre will be shifted to the CBSE’s own building in a year or two. The State government has already sanctioned land in Kochi for the purpose,” Indira Rajan, State general secretary of Kerala CBSE School Managements Association, told The Hindu . She has been relentlessly pursuing the realisation of the Centre for close to three years now.

Training for teachers in the Centre will start as soon as January. It will feature continuous training and refresher programmes besides familiarising teachers with the most modern teaching methods.

Once the Centre becomes operational, training will be made mandatory for all CBSE teachers in the State. CBSE chairman Vineet Joshi was of the opinion that every teacher should undergo at least five-day training every academic year to keep them in tune with the changing teaching methods and new trends in education, Ms. Rajan said.

Earlier, there was an assumption that experienced teachers need not undergo training. But that perception is all set to change with the opening of the Centre, as even experienced teachers will have to undergo at least a truncated training session annually.

“The Centre will also be crucial in ensuring that the Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) introduced by the CBSE serves its purpose of imparting superior quality of education. Mr. Joshi felt that the proposed centre was imperative to ensure quality education, following his interaction with CBSE teachers in Thiruvananthapuram recently,” Ms. Rajan said.

The opening of the Centre is also likely to relax the financial burden of CBSE school managements, which at present pay a handsome fee for engaging private agencies for imparting training for teachers.

“The Centre with the direct involvement of the CBSE will help school managements to get their teachers trained by quality hands,” Ms. Rajan said.

CBSE’s Centre for Continuous and Professional Development to

turn operational in Kochi this December.