School heads discuss certification for teachers

Means to improve teacher training stressed

Representatives of 15 schools took part in a discussion regarding certification for teachers and steps to achieve competency in training and recruitment, at a meeting hosted by the Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA), Bengaluru, here on Thursday.

Ramya Venkataraman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, CENTA, said that institution heads and representatives across the country often highlighted similar problems regarding staff and new recruits. “Most people complain about the lack of conceptual understanding of the subject. The more important lack of competency is usually the skill of communication,” she said.

She added that new teachers who complete their Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) maybe well aware of the required competencies but may not be able to match standards. “This is why we have introduced ‘Teaching Quotient,’ a voluntary test that graduates can take in order to get jobs at well-performing private schools. Both the institution and the recruit are benefited as it would build core competencies,” she said.

Some schools in Madurai actively discussed means to improve teacher training. The city often faced difficulties regarding practical teaching. There were representatives of schools from Dindigul, Virudhunagar and Tenkasi.

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