Come Gandhi Jayanti, the ministry of human resources development will start one of the largest teacher education programme across the country, aimed at training around 11.09 lakh untrained teachers by March 2019.
The ministry, on Teachers' Day, is also likely to kickstart the ambitious project of teaching 2,000 students of Kendriya Vidyalayas using tablets for science and mathematics subjects.
HRD minister Prakash Javadekar told TOI that teacher education was an important part of school education reform and that there were over 11 lakh un trained teachers teaching in schools under Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan six lakh in government schools and five lakh in private ones. Earlier, under RTE Act, they were supposed to complete diploma in elementary education by 2015.
Claiming that there would be no further extension and this was the last chance to train themselves or lose their jobs, Javadekar said, “We have extended the time up to 2019 as untrained teachers is injustice to students. So, for the first time, we are going to train them through Swayam and Swayam Prabha, not through DEd or BEd colleges. We expect more than eight to nine lakh teachers to register, but the actual figure will be available on September 15.
“We will start the courses on October 2 and will continue till June 2018. Next year, it starts in July and continues till March 19, 2019. The programme comprises 1,080 lectures and nine courses in 10 languages. Apart from online training there will also be a total of 24 face-to-face workshops during school holidays. For the first time, we are having this kind of technology-enabled teacher training for lakhs of teachers and the best teachers will be teaching.“
In another technological intervention in education, the ministry is planning to roll out tablet-based learning in KVs from September 5.