Govt orders annual exams for govt school teachers
From this year onwards, it would not only be students in government schools who would be appearing in annual examinations for grades but their teachers too.
According to education department officials, the move is aimed at improving quality of education by identifying strengths and weaknesses of about two lakh teachers in 36,000-odd government schools in the state. The examination is for assessment and there would be no minimum grades. The examination will not be conducted for teachers of private schools.
A high-level committee of the state education department, including education secretary Sunaina Tomar had brainstormed over the issue of quality of education and poor results after which the decision to introduce ‘Shikshak Sajjata Kasoti’ (Teacher Preparedness Test) was taken. The test might be conducted in August-September 2018. Education department officials claimed that Gujarat is the first state in the country to introduce the test to assess a teacher’s social skills, understanding of the subject that he/she teaches and pedagogy.
The design of the examination has been prepared by Gujarat Council of Educational Research and Training (GCERT). TS Joshi, director of GCERT, said the test would be of 150 marks and encompass different subjects taught in schools along with topics of aptitude and pedagogy. “We have not heard of a similar test being conducted by any other state in India. The purpose of the test is to assess teachers on different parameters and help them grow by identifying areas where there is scope of improvement. Phase-wise training can also be conducted afterwards,” he said.
Some of the criticism faced by education in the state is related to poor understanding of students of Gujarati and English languages along with that of science and mathematics. The challenge for teachers would be to adopt National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) syllabus from the upcoming academic sessions. The state education department officials believe that the test might help find trouble spots and improve the performance of the students.