In a bid to raise the bar of teaching in schools across Maharashtra by ensuring that only trained teachers are employed, the state government has offered a two year teaching course via correspondence to untrained teachers already in employment.
Govind Nandede, director of Maharashtra State Council of Education Research and Training, said that the information in this regard has been sent to principals of all government and private, aided and unaided schools across the state.
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Earlier too, the course used to be offered to teachers but was stopped after some misuse of the relaxations was seen.
“Sometimes due to shortage of staff or non-availability of candidates, teachers were employed even though they do not have the teachers’ training. Hence these teachers remain on temporary basis and miss out on many good opportunities. It is not possible for them to take a break in their job and go for a full time course and that’s why such a course is being offered by us. We have asked for applications from such teachers for the two year course of Diploma in Teaching Education by April 18. These applications have to be sent to the education officers who will scan the applications and prepare a final list of candidates for the course,” said Nandede.
The efforts to raise the bar of teaching across schools are a part of the initiatives being taken to achieve the goal of Pragat Shaikshanik Maharashtra (educationally advanced Maharashtra) given by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.
Officials at MSCERT said that also given the poor response to the existing teaching diploma and degrees courses, it is imperative that the existing workforce be trained.
“In the last one year alone, nearly 96 D.eD colleges sent proposals to shut down. It is because they do not have many takers for the teaching courses,” he said.