MoU signed to extend training to head teachers in all schools

In an effort to improve the quality of headmasters or head teachers in school, the Department of School Education is in the process of finalising a Memorandum of Understanding with the British Council.

The idea of the MoU is to improve the efficiency of school principals, headmasters or head teachers, to increase the accountability of the person in charge and make the functioning of schools more efficient, an official of the department said.

The person who was identified as the head of the school would undergo a training that would help him or her determine a vision and a mission for the school and take steps to implement the said vision.

Once a person is put in charge and the school has a viable mission, all other officials and teachers will fall in line and they will be able to create a more efficient system.

Already three people from Puducherry have attended consultative meetings in Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh in order to receive training on leadership. The MoU will look at extending the training to head teachers in all schools. The teachers will also receive more intensive training and resource persons will also be developed here, the official said.

Further, the British Council also invited 16 persons from India, including State Project Director of the Sarva Siksha Abhiyan R. Parthasarathy, to the United Kingdom for an intensive training on performance indicators for school principals earlier this year. The tour was officially a study tour for Indian policy makers and is part of the national effort to develop performance indicators for principals across the country, the official said.

Speaking to The-Hindu on the MoU, Director of School Education E. Vallavan said they had already gone through the details and were awaiting approval from the government before signing. From the Education Department side, they have completed all the processing.

  • The British Council invited 16 persons to the UK for training on performance indicators

  • The Education Department has completed all processing and is awaiting approval from govt.