Prof Mohammad Akhtar Siddiqui delivers his speech at a teacher education congress at the PU

Newspaper : The Tribune , Feb 21, 2018

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A two-day teacher education congress on ‘Teacher Education: Challenges and the Road Ahead’ began today at Panjab University (PU) today.Prof Mohammad Akhtar Siddiqui, the keynote speaker, said teacher education was passing through an ambivalent stage in its evolutionary process.He said the most critical factor which affects quality of education was pedagogy. More flexible and varied programmes of teacher education have to be followed. Induction training should be made compulsory. Teachers’ role profile was changing across the world and they were expected to teach effectively in multi-cultural classrooms.“Before launching the four years’ integrated programme, curriculum, content and pedagogy should be thoroughly planned. Capacity building in teacher education should be done in advance. Innovative ideas should be tried.”He said the quality of internship in teacher education was another area of concern. It requires formative rather than summative evaluation.

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