In a meeting held by the central government’s Teacher Education Approval Board (TEAB) earlier this year, it was noted that 479 teachers in the government school of Goa are unqualified as per the standards of the National Council for Teacher Education Regulations, 2014.
National Council of Teacher Education’s (NCTE) requirements to qualify a teacher:
– Periodic in-service teacher training for up to 20 days in a year
– 30-day induction training for newly recruited teachers
– Two-year training session for teachers who do not meet professional qualification
Designed to teach scholastic methods like handling multi-grade classrooms, inclusive education, and child-centred classroom transactions, these programmes are important. Specific areas are also focused within the training components like early grades reading, teaching of science and maths at upper primary stage, and continuous and comprehensive evaluation.
State Council for Education Research and Training
As per the information in the minutes of the TEAB meeting, Goa has 80% of the academic posts in the State Council for Education Research and Training (SCERT) vacant and another 40% posts unfilled in the district teacher education institute. The SCERT is responsible with the curriculum and textual development for students from Classes I to VII. Also a part of their responsibilities is to prepare modules for teacher training and conducts specialized courses for teacher educators and schoolteachers. If the academic posts are unfilled then the SCERT will have inefficiencies in their duties.
Goa officials committed to establish a separate cadre of teacher educators and expedite the organizational restructuring if the SCERT at the TEAB meeting held in New Delhi.
NCTE also asked Goa to submit data of the primary, secondary and higher secondary teachers in the state (subject-wise and category-wise) in order to allow them to complete its ‘teacher demand-and-supply gap’ study for Goa. TEAB sanctioned 30 lakh to the state for the establishment of special cells for mathematics and science and a computer lab at SCERT.