Consul General, U.S. Consulate, Chennai, Andrew T. Simkin (centre), with vice-president of VIT University G.V. Sampath at the ELTAI conference in Tirupattur on Saturday. Chairperson of the National Council for Teacher Education Mohammed Akhtar Siddiqui (right) is in the picture.
VELLORE: Chairperson of National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE), New Delhi, Mohammed Akhtar Siddiqui has said that quality of teachers coming from teacher training institutions, which are mostly privately owned, are far from satisfactory.
He was delivering the valedictory address at the 6th International and 42nd Annual ELTAI Conference organised by ELTAI and VIT University on Saturday. Mr. Siqqiqui said there is an increasing demand for teachers in the country. “One million teachers are prepared by 11,000 teacher training institutions. There continues to be a shortfall of half a million trained teachers at the elementary level,” he said.
Noting that there was an urgent need to address the issue, Mr. Siddiqui said the Union government has evolved a comprehensive scheme to strengthen teacher education and brought in-service training.
However, a study had found out that these in-service training programmes were organised in a fragmented and piece meal manner.
“In the recent past, teacher development has received a double blow. It has suffered owing to excessive commercial interest and lack of concern on part of the examining bodies to monitor the prescribed curriculum in teacher education institutions,” he said.
The NCTE released a new curriculum framework last year. It presented a fresh vision of teacher education. A comprehensive policy on professional development of teachers is in its advanced stages of approval. “We hope it will be implemented in the 12th Five Year Plan,” Mr. Siddiqui said.
He said the results of research should flow to schools and teacher education institutions. He earlier said the initial reports on the effective implementation of elementary education as a fundamental right of children were encouraging that the Union government was looking forward to extending the fundamental right to secondary education. This was discussed in the last meeting of the central advisory board held on June 7.
Addressing the gathering, Consul General, U.S. Consulate, Chennai, Andrew T. Simkin said the nature of teaching requires continuous growth to engage and challenge increasingly diverse students in a rapidly changing world.
“Ongoing professional development keeps teachers up-to-date on new research on how students learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources and more,” he said. Many colleges and universities in the U.S., India and the world over are revamping their education to include an emphasis on content knowledge, increased use of educational technologies, creation of professional development schools and innovative training programmes for teachers and students, he added.
Referring to the social medium such as Twitter and Facebook, he said more people were using the medium worldwide leading to increased awareness and connectivity.
It contributed to global communication, global understanding and individual freedom, he added.
Vice-presidents of VIT University G.V. Sampath and Sankar Viswanathan, Vice-Chancellor V. Raju, Executive Member of ELTAI G.A. Ghanshyam Iyengar, Kevin Coyne of University of Cambridge, ESOL Examinations and Director of School of Social Sciences and Languages of the university C. Annadurai were present.

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