News | State of Teacher Training in India
All the more reasons for teachers to take their professional development in their own hands. Being the key stakeholders in education, teachers have a significant opportunity available to them to initiate ways and means to help improve their performance and help focus not just on completing the syllabus, but ensuring that they help develop a generation of life-long learners.
India has more than 200 million children in the elementary school age, according to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER). “Even if half of them are not learning at a basic level, it is a crisis of mammoth proportion. Close to 52% drop out before Class 9 because they can’t cope,” she said. […]
Underscoring the need to decentralise the system by giving teachers and schools more freedom, she said they will have to reach a desired level by Class 8 mastering language, basic math and science before making their syllabus common. […] “Teachers will then innovate on their method of teaching. Right now we just measure how much syllabus is covered but not how much the child has learned,” she said. (Emphasis added)