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Maharashtra education department ropes in British Council, IIT

Teacher education and training


Times of India

PUNE: The state education department has launched four skill enhancement courses for school teachers in English language, maths, science and learning outcomes. The first batch of English language teachers was trained last year while training of other teachers would be undertaken soon.

State education secretary, Ashwini Bhide met education officials including S Chockalingam, education commissioner as well as Mahavir Mane, state director of education and other heads to review the training.

Chockalingam said various schemes that the education department has in collaboration with external agencies were being reviewed and the implementation was decided. “We have four courses with external agencies which include two with British Council, one with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and one with Accenture Private Limited.”

British Council will deal with improving the teaching of English language in the state. In both cases, master trainers have been trained by the council and they teach the other teachers in their cluster. “The feedback was good. We are looking at assessment now,” said Chockalingam.

The tie-up with the IIT is to increase the level of understanding of mathematics in students.

“Instead of teaching master trainers, we may ask experts to teach directly through video conferencing,” said Chockalingam.

The third programme is for leadership development of officers and headmasters in the districts that have high dropout rates. “We have identified about 10 districts with a high dropout rate and we want to train the officials in leadership skills to reduce it. We have tied up with Accenture for learning outcomes to understand where we are lagging in terms of quality.”

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