More than 4000 teachers employed by the Ahmedabad Municipal School Board are to prepare themselves for a monitoring exercise to be carried out by the board in September.
This teachers report card drive is set to be launched in 464 municipal schools across the city prior to the annual monitoring drive-gunotsav- carried out by the state.
This pre-evaluation drive or the parinamlaxi shikshan monitoring is expected to focus more on the teachers performance. A team of supervising staff,cluster resource centre (CRC) heads,block resource centre (BRC) heads and school board members headed by the board chairman will evaluate teachers and their schools.
At present,for 464 schools and around 1.58 lakh students,the board has fourteen supervisors,five BRCs and 43 CRCs. All of them,along with fifteen board members will conduct the monitoring exercise. Professional monitoring staff will also be employed if required.
The board is in the process of seeking guidance from experts for the monitoring exercise.This will be similar to the school evaluations conducted by the board. A budget of Rs 10 lakh has been set aside for the purpose. An annual overall school report will be prepared on the basis of teachers performance. A comprehensive approach will be adopted for evaluation that will include not only the teachers knowledge in his or her subject but also general knowledge,teaching aids,innovative teaching,past records,students feedback among others, said chairman of the board L D Desai.
The board has already formulated a grade system for the teachers on their performance.
While the officials claim that this evaluation is being conducted for the teachers to understand their performance,other believe that this evaluation is being conducted for the schools to fare well in the annual school monitoring drive.
Apart from concerns over their evaluation,the teachers are more worried about the parameters on which they are to be evaluated. With the shifting of Class VIII to upper primary schools this year,there has been a lot of movement of teachers from one school to another. Thus,the criteria used by the board to evaluate is to be seen, said one of the science teachers who was present at the Scout Bhawan during the adjustment rally of teachers.
Recently,the board received flak for the decline in student enrolment in Class I and an overall decline in total strength over the past few years. Against a set target of 30,000 students,only 17,000 students enrolled in Class I.