Teacher accountability is essential and is a real concern that needs to be addressed. Not particularly highlighted in the progressive NEP, fixing the lack of accountability that lies with teachers is the heart of the problem related to school education. With NEP, outcomes should be defined more broadly in addition to putting needed efforts to ensure the same. Teacher efforts can be measured directly by factors like teacher absence rate, which is a straight indicator of the lack of accountability.
Infrastructure, support system and conduction of fair examinations are also steps that NEP should include to reform the educational system correctly.
Next, experts highlight that even when the HRD ministry has stated that there are over a million teaching vacancies available in the country, the number of excess teachers is not considered. When both are calculated and balanced out, the numbers will be comparable, they add. Hence, redeployment of teachers in the same district to manage surplus and deficit of teachers in different schools is sure to manage resource management internally to a large extent, suggest experts.
Training teachers and helping them gain skills relevant to higher education is extremely important, with the need of adequate time being given to the same. Even in case of primary and secondary education, it is essential to offer necessary training. Primary teachers can opt to go for essential courses in child psychology, classroom management or pedagogy to be eligible to teach.
Teachers are facing a lot of challenges and adapting a student-centric approach is a hurdle that has to be crossed. Giving back skilled human resources to the nation has to be focussed upon too. Setting a healthy competition while giving the teachers leverage and due credit for their efforts has to be key, with an emphasis of the role the teachers play in nation building.
NEP talks about a merit-based structure of tenure and promotions for teachers. This will enable incentivising and recognising quality teachers as opposed to promotions based on seniority alone. Performance appraisals will also be centred on quality of education offered. NEP has reformed education with enlightened principles of doing the same, with focus needed on understanding and overcoming the impediments to implementation, convey experts.
Teacher Accountability and Its Importance in the Education
Fixing the concern of lack of accountability that lies with teachers is crucial to education reforms and outcomes should be defined with a broader perspective. The efforts by the stakeholders have to be amped up in order to bring this about, add experts.
Teacher Vacancies and Salaries
With over a million teaching vacancies available in the country, there needs to be a tab on teacher excess also. To balance both it is essential to redeploy teachers in the same district to ensure optimal resource management, suggest experts.
Solutions to the issues in teacher education in the school sector
Training educators to overcome the current challenges in the current ecosystem is essential. Providing teachers with extra leverage and setting up a healthy competition to achieve more skills will help in the same, suggest expert
Transforming the position and treatment of teachers in education system
Training teachers for higher education is extremely essential, with adequate time allocated to the same. Including resources with specific knowledge applicable to the field of education as opposed to faculties with generic graduation followed by B.Ed. will aid both potential teachers and students, add experts.
Teacher assessments and promotions
A merit-based structure of tenure and promotions will go a long way in incentivising and recognising quality teachers. NEP brings this forth with enlightened principles of doing the same, with a keen focus on overcoming the impediments to implementation, convey experts.