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Draft NEP calls for broader approach to teacher development

Teachers from private institutions say that at present, a lot of focus is given to training, with regard to subject content and the curriculum.

Teachers from private institutions say that at present, a lot of focus is given to training, with regard to subject content and the curriculum.   | Photo Credit: K_Pichumani

Urges schools to provide a flexible environment to them

Calling for a rational approach towards professional development, the draft National Education Policy 2019 has recommended that teachers be given opportunities such as access to short courses, integrated continuous professional development and online resources, among others.

State board schools in Tamil Nadu, have over the last two years, increased their focus on the content of the revamped curriculum and on how their teachers can tackle it.

The CBSE, at present, mandates capacity building workshops for teachers, wherein they are required to participate in short duration workshops dealing with a range of topics, including pedagogy, value education, gender sensitivity and technology.

Draft NEP calls for broader approach to teacher development
 

Teachers from private institutions say that at present, a lot of focus is given to training, with regard to subject content and the curriculum, and a broader, continuous approach must be adopted to enable their professional development.

In several schools, the principals or school heads play the role of a key resource person. “There are routine discussions that take place about the syllabus, lesson plans and the content. While these might happen every week, schools try to accommodate capacity building workshops within the holiday schedule,” said R. Visalakshi, president of the Tamil Nadu Private Schools’ Association.

Jacqueline Martin, a teacher from the city, said the NEP advocating continuous professional development focussing on classroom practices would be a welcome move.

Access and time

While the policy advocates schools to adopt a flexible approach to ensure that teachers have access to earn certificates and diplomas, cramped terms with large workloads raise questions about access to these opportunities. “Schools could play a role in tying up with institutions that offer programs which suit our schedules,” said another teacher from the city.

Anjali Jain, founder, Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA), said teachers need to have a specific idea of what areas of competency they would like to work on. “This is possible only if they have access to feedback with regard to their competency in the classroom, subject knowledge or communication skills among others,” she explained.

Through Teaching Professionals’ Olympiad (TPO), CENTA tests teachers for specific competencies that give them feedback on what they can focus on.

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