Govt launches software to sharpen school teachers’ skills

In a bid to help teachers attain an in-depth knowledge of their subjects, the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) launched a software named ‘online in-service teacher capacity-building programme’ on Monday .

In the first month, the software will help as many 50 mathematics teachers and 70 mentor teachers working in different schools operating under the Directorate of Education. As part of the programme, topic-based training will be provided to teachers. These topics will be chosen from textbooks. The programme is aimed at training as many as 50,000 teachers.

“It is a unique, flexible and convenient programme, with an aim to enrich the knowledge, competency and efficiency of teachers to enable them to develop a holistic instinct among students and sharpen their thirst for new developments in the field of crucial subjects that matter to them,” Education Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava said.

The overall objective of the programme is to enhance teacher-to-teacher communication, to enable student-centred teaching approaches, to provide 24×7 accessibility to course material and to build the capacity of in-service teachers.

The total duration of the online training will be eight hours in a single sitting, since the programme has been conceived to facilitate training as per the convenience of the trainees, i.e. in-service teachers, by devoting at least half-an-hour a day during staggered 15 sittings on mobile app or web from anywhere. “It will not only help teachers to ensure qualitative improvement in the teaching-learning process, but will also encourage sharing among teachers as a community,” Srivastava added.

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