Taking cognizance of reports from the NCERT and other agencies on the declining quality of school education in the Union Territory, the Department of School Education is now in the process of implementing the Advanced Educational Performance through Teacher Support (ADEPTS) module in all schools to improve teacher performance.
According to Director of School Education S. Sundaravadivelou, ADEPTS would function as a “self-appraisal” module, where teachers would be given a set of parameters to analyse their own performance.
They would be provided clear targets that have to be attained within a particular span of time.
The teachers would also be given freedom to choose their targets themselves based on their strengths and weaknesses. Each teacher would be provided a poster with the set targets to monitor their improvement.
To ensure that the teachers follow the module consistently; continuous inspections would be conducted by inspecting officers of the department, Mr. Sundaravadivelou said.
The headmaster of the particular school would also be entrusted with the duty of monitoring teachers' commitment to the module.
Though ADEPTS consists of a wide range of quality improvement measures, those relevant to Puducherry were finalised at a training programme held recently.
A quality consultant from the Ministry of Human Resource Development moderated the consultation session, which was attended by several teachers, headmasters and school principals.
Mr. Sundaravadivelou said that one of the important deficiencies identified among teachers was the lack of motivation.
“Though the consultant was happy with the competency of the teachers, he maintained that lack of motivation was affecting their performance. We are hoping to set right this deficiency through ADEPTS,” he said.
The module, being funded through Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, would be implemented among primary teachers first and gradually extended to other levels.