Teacher scored zero in subject she teaches
A Panchkula resident sent a complaint against teacher Preeti Bansal to education secretary V K Singh, claiming she had scored three ‘0’s in MA / Msc ( mathematics ) in first semester. This is the same subject she has been teaching to the school students.
Following the plaint, education secretary asked the director public instructions ( schools ) to check the performance and past records of the teacher. “This is a reflection of kind of education our children in government schools are getting. MA might not be a requirement for getting a job as a teacher but it shows how well the teacher knows the subject she is imparting education in,” said the complainant.
However, the education secretary refused to comment on the point of quality education being imparted to the students. He said there can be many reasons why the teacher failed.
“It is just the result of one semester and so we cannot say the teacher does not know her subject. She might have taken the exam to enhance her qualification but may be she could not prepare well or give the exam due to some reason. I have asked the DPI to look for her documents and performance records. For now, it is too early to jump to conclusions,” he said.
Director public instructions ( schools ) Upkar Singh said, “I am not aware of the case as yet. Untill it comes before me I cannot comment.”
The teacher could not be contacted for comments.
UGC proposes regional centres to strengthen and improve Teachers’ Education
The University Grants Commission has proposed regional centres of education management in prestigious IIMs to build up teachers’ education and develop specialised cadre of academy of teaching and teacher educators.
It has suggested the regional centres of education management in IIMs at Ahmedabad, Kolkata and Bangalore and National University of Educational Planning and Administration, the Consultative Committee of Parliament on HRD was informed on 2nd August, 2012.
To develop specialised cadre of academy of teachers, the panel was also informed that UGC has proposed a centre of excellence in science and mathematics in centres such as Indian Institute of Science and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research.
Towards this end, the Ministry has set up a committee of Central Advisory Board of Education ( CABE ) on national mission on teachers and teaching under the chairmanship of Minister of State for HRD D Purandeswari.
Education College carves out a Niche for itself
The College of Teacher Education (Tribal Welfare) in Bhadrachalam has carved out a niche for itself in producing trained tribal teachers and spreading the light of education in the scheduled areas.
The college has the unique distinction of offering the B.Ed course free of cost to eligible tribal graduates of the scheduled areas in the State in adherence to the admission criteria based on their degree marks without appearing for the Edcet.
The Kakatiya University has accorded permanent affiliation to the college. The tribal college is being managed by the Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA), Bhadrachalam.
The college has so far produced nearly 900 tribal B.Ed graduates since its inception in 2000.
The tribal graduates of as many as 26 different tribal communities of the scheduled areas in the State have studied B.Ed at the college. Most of them have secured teacher jobs mainly in the schools spread across the tribal areas situated under the nine ITDA limits in the State.
The vital contribution of the institution to the field of education particularly in addressing the shortage of the trained teachers in the schools in the scheduled areas has been well recognised by several reputed institutions including the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU).
The IGNOU has established its B.Ed study centre in the college in 2006.
The National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has increased the intake of students in the college from 100 to 200.
“The successful educational and career endeavours of our previous students inspired scores of tribal graduates of the scheduled areas join the B.Ed course at the college and pursue the noble teaching profession,” remarked the college Principal M Prabhu Dayal.
Our college also conducted several training programs for the in-service teachers working in the agency areas, he said.
The government has sanctioned 1.52 crore towards infrastructure development of the college.
“Efforts are underway to transform the college into a centre of educational research,” said the ITDA Project Officer Praveen Kumar.