It is unfortunate to acknowledge that teachers, who are pillars of success for the students who are going to be the future of India, compromise with their teaching quality. It is evident that many such cases of teaching negligence have been reported from several states of India and nothing has been done seriously to condemn the act. In a recent case, a survey reported that almost 50% of teachers in UP are untrained to teach the higher class students.
The shocking data
The findings by ASER (Annual Status of Education Report) 2020 in Rural wave 1 depict that 50% of teachers are not properly trained and another 688.8 % are trained only by brief instructions. The report said, “As compared to data from ASER 2018, data from ASER 2020 (September) show a small shift in enrolment from private to government schools, across all grades and among both girls and boys. The proportion of boys enrolled in government schools rose from 62.8% in 2018 to 66.4% in 2020. Similarly, the proportion of girls enrolled in government schools rose from 70% to 73% during the same period.” So the data says it all!
Records from parents and students were also taken into consideration
Many parents and students also showed concern over the fact that the teachers were not properly trained to teach them. This survey included a total of 118838 households in which parents and students who were aged within 5-16 were consulted. Apart from that, almost 8963 teachers’ responses were also recorded in the survey to get an exact idea of what’s going wrong in the education world of the state.
The pandemic has made it worse
If the situation would have been normal, then this problem might have been dealt with in a better manner. But as it is an ongoing pandemic situation with a lockdown still imposed on the schools and colleges, it has become a problem to provide proper training to the teachers, mainly in the rural areas. That is why the online mode of training has to be implemented. But its reliability is still questionable!
The PolicyTimes suggestion
- The recent pandemic condition has forced schools and colleges to take classes through online modes which have become a challenge for many. They also need the training to comply with the new mode of teaching apart from the formal teaching sessions.
- The high demand for education and the lack of proper infrastructure to train the teachers is the cause behind such problems in rural areas. The government must ensure that every teacher must be given the required training before they are hired to teach students of higher secondary classes.
- The issue of bribing authorities to get the designation of a teacher even though one is not trained or educated enough is a normal norm in the world of teaching. Thus, there must be policies through which these practices are controlled so that the non-deserving candidates do not get a chance to be appointed as a teacher.