Saturday, November 01, 2014

NCTE - Teachers Education

 

The Indian sub-continent has one of the largest education system as well as teacher education system. There are several affiliated colleges and institutes that offer teacher education programs. All the programs are identical but its standards vary. Some unscrupulous institutes are simply money making centers and results in certified but incompetent teachers. The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) is a regulatory body but because the country is so diverse with innumerable institutions it sometimes get difficult to monitor all the institutions. NCTE has four regional offices in four different zones of the country for regulating the function of these institutes and to prevent them from becoming commercial institutions.

The situation of elementary teacher education is still better in the country and can also be compared to international standards but secondary and vocational teacher training situation needs drastic regulation and change. Over the last few decades the teacher education has been severely criticised for being very theoretical and obsolete. Teacher education system is strongly evolving so that quality of teachers in India improved. The curriculum of teacher education is being severely revised since 1998. In this internet age, the use of IT and computer should be used for training teachers and the curriculum now also advocates the use of internet to be used by teachers for teaching students.

Teacher education is important as efficient teachers can shape an efficient future society. Teachers can greatly influence young minds and hence it’s important that competent teachers are recruited for the gullible and vulnerable young minds. This is only possible only if there is efficient teacher training curriculum with an efficient regulatory body. NCTE is doing a good job but a lot has to be done to improve the status and quality of teachers in India.

 

Teacher Education - Education of Teacher

With Indian independence in 1947, several educational reforms were made in system and also made changes for the education of teachers’ n India. One of the first steps was establishing University Education Commission which happened in 1948, and regulated the educational requirement of teachers in India. The commission made some rules for people to qualify as teacher and these were as follows:

All the undergraduates who wanted to pursue teaching as a career option were recommended a two year training program

One year teacher training program for graduates.

The commission stressed on exchange of teachers from teachers colleges, schools etc.

The commission also stressed on training for organising curricular activities.

Later in late 1960 the commission emphasized on the necessity of a professional training course in order to improve the education system. It gave stress on building a more comprehensive teacher training course for students, and also laid importance on practice teaching. Another way to attract people to join this Nobel profession was by increasing the salary of teachers in Government schools or by providing other incentives like house etc. in a rural setting. During the same time National council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) was also formed, and this body reviewed and regulated the education of teachers.

In 1974, National Council for Teacher Education was established; this non-statutory body was a part of NCERT. Gradually several changes were made and universities and colleges revised their curriculum for teacher training course. Various steps were taken by the Commission to enhance the education system. Its selection procedure was regulated and emphasis was given on theory as well as practical work. Gradually by 1990’s this profession had become popular with opening of several private schools and colleges and improved salary structure in both Government and Private schools.

Teacher Education - Education of Teacher

 

The current goal of the Indian Government is to provide education for all. They are trying out with schemes that would enhance enrolment and are ensuring that every child gets access to school. The Government is providing incentive of free meals at rural schools there by ensuring better attendance at school. They are also focusing on the number of hours a child spends in school as well as certain number of years, so that the chid can have a bright future.

A lot of planning and resource has been spent on education in India and at the same time for improving the quality of education. One simple way of uplifting the standard of educations is by improving the quality of teachers. A great teacher can make a huge difference to the life of children. A lot of stress is given on teacher training course in India; unfortunately there are several loopholes in the system and a lot of times incompetent teachers get recruited.

The good part is that state and centre Government have started with Best teacher awards, to encourage and facilitate efficient teachers and this recognition motivates the youth to join teaching as profession.  With the internet revolution one can make videos of these talented teachers and show it to current as well as aspiring teachers, so that they can improve their teaching skills and abilities.

If you recall, your affinity to a subject was generally because of the teacher. This clearly indicates that an efficient teacher can influence a student and can also make the toughest subject interesting for a student. Most of the current teachers aspire to get recruited by private schools as private schools give out better salaries and it’s because of this that the standard of Government school is deteriorating. To overcome this problem Government is coming up with a better profile for teachers including pension  and housing perks.

 

 

Teacher Education - Education of Teacher

Teacher training course in India is designed for aspiring teachers to learn interactive and better ways of teaching to make a subject interesting.  Teaching methods have to be different for different age groups, for instance primary level teaching is a lot different from secondary or college level. The educational requirement for a primary and secondary teacher is also different. People who wish to teach primary school should minimum pass higher secondary examination with 50% marks whereas for teaching at secondary school, one needs to be postgraduate in the subject one wishes to teach.

There are several schools and colleges in India which cater to teacher training schools in India and these offer teaching courses for different levels. Teacher education in India is institution based, along with internship programs in real classroom settings.

Teacher education curriculum has faced severe criticism over the years, as its general too technical and obsolete which is not applicable in contemporary Indian school and society. Because of this drastic changes are required to bring a big change to the curriculum. These changes are slow but can be seen as International teaching agencies with a more advanced teaching curriculum is helping to shape better teachers in India.

Teacher education is provided by several Universities, affiliated colleges, private and open Universities in India. Some of these institutions are more like an eye wash and provide certification just by paying the fee, and this leads to rise of unqualified teachers in India. The situation of primary teachers in India has seen a dramatic change but lot has to be done to improve the curriculum of secondary and vocational teachers.

Teachers play an import role in shaping the future of the country and hence it’s important that a lot of attention is paid on the quality of teachers churned out every year,

Teacher Education - Education of Teacher

Teacher Education

To get the full Teacher Education, teachers education must be of a certain level. All information and quality of the level of learning for the teacher is covered in the standard council handbook for a teacher. Please consult the following guide.

Teacher Education - Education of Teacher