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17,000 teachers trained under NCERT

An orientation programme for school teachers was organised by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). A total of 17,000 teachers from Kendriya Vidyalayas, Navodaya Vidyalayas and independent schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) were trained by 250 experts through teleconferencing.

The programme was based on the use of new textbooks published for Classes II, IV, VII, X and XII under the National Curriculum Framework-2005. Teachers were detailed on the prominent features of the newly developed textbooks, the content, style, exercises and other aspects of the books and were also told about the evaluation strategies to be followed in assessing students and nature of student’s activities, model question papers.

This teacher hasn’t taken leave for 34 years

A Government school teacher in Himachal Pradesh has been doing his job so seriously that he has taken no leave in the past 34 years.

As a reward, the State Government has decided to give Todar Ram, 57, a two-year extension in service after he retires later this year from the Government Secondary School Gurkhota in Mandi district.

It has been also decided to approach the Guinness Book of World Records to verify the records and consider his achievement. Ram, who won a national teacher award a few years ago, has taken no leave other than the Sunday weekly offs, school vacations and Government holidays.

Himachal Pradesh has one of the highest literacy rates in the country at around 80 percent.

Entrepreneurship Educators Course for Indian faculty

The National Entrepreneurship Network (NEN) has launched the Entrepreneurship Educators Course (EEC) in the capital to enhance the efficiency of Indian entrepreneurs. The EEC programme will be offered to the Indian faculty to help them become global entrepreneurship educators.

The NEN has tied up with the Stanford Technology Ventures Programme of Stanford University and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore’s Nadathur S Raghavan Centre for Entrepreneurial learning (NSRCEL).

The EEC course would help a large number of educators, even teachers, who have never taught a management subject, in becoming an entrepreneurship educator. The course will help participants effectively learn the concepts and skills of entrepreneurship and provide guidance on how to design, launch and build a comprehensive and innovative set of entrepreneurship programmes on campus.

HC denies certificate to B.Ed holders through distance mode

Candidates who have completed their Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) through the distance education mode will not be eligible for the Basic Training Certificate (BTC), which is mandatory for serving as assistant teachers in primary schools of Uttar Pradesh.

The Allahabad High Court gave the judgment, dismissing writ petitions filed by hundreds of B.Ed degree holders, challenging the Uttar Pradesh Government for denying eligibility in the BTC exams to those, who pursued B.Ed through correspondence. The Government claims that since the BTC holders teach children in primary classes, it requires a certain expertise, which can only be acquired by candidates who have pursued regular B.Ed courses.

25% teachers don’t teach: UN report

A recently released study on corruption in education, by UNESCO’s International Institute of Educational Planning, says that teacher absenteeism in India is among the highest in the world. While the global average of teacher absenteeism is about 20 %, in India it is 25%. Only Uganda it is higher than India.

While in Bihar, two of every five teachers were reported absent, the figure in UP was reported to be one in every three. Teacher absenteeism results in the wastage of 22.5% of education funds in India, the report says.

In Indian universities, cheating is also well established, the report says. The fee for manipulating entrance tests ranges from INR 3000 to INR 8 lakh for popular programmes like computer science, engineering, etc.

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