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According to an NCERT study,
4 out of 5 teachers of
Class 8 could not pass a Maths test they were given.
was a Class 5 Maths test.
study in Gujarat showed that less than 30 out of a group of 184 students
trained as primary school teachers solved the sum 35 x 3 correctly.
Shocked? The standards of teachers in our schools leaves much to be desired. More disturbing, what will these teachers pass on to the students in their care?
On deeper analysis, this problem is linked to the fact that many who become teachers today are bored housewives, unemployed youth and ambitious tuition seekers. Members of the teaching community comprise many students from the bottom of the class. Cases of people turning to the profession after being refused positions of bank clerks are not uncommon.
At the core of a good education system is the good, dedicated, capable teacher. The teacher who teaches English, History or Science, but first teaches children. Who loves her pupils, loves teaching, knows her subjects and has the requisite teaching skills.
Eklavya's Teachers of Tomorrow programme aims to develop a cadre of such teachers.
a regular 1 year B.Ed. programme, students teach for about 30 days in a
year. At Eklavya, they spend three hours almost everyday observing and
teaching in a partner school for two years.
Practical training is supported by classes which use a variety of instructional methods like case studies, excursions, projects, seminars and meetings with practising education professionals. The curriculum is a modern one designed on internationally accepted lines after studying leading teacher education programmes in India and abroad.
Students are exposed to computers and the Internet from day one. Apart from this, one hour everyday is set aside for activities like Personality Development, Yoga, Art and Craft, Music and Dance.
Finally, attitudinal training
is a key compoment of the programme. After all, enthusiasm can move mountains,
and more can be achieved by a group of positive-minded, enthusiastic teachers
than merely skilled ones.
Core House, Off C. G. Road, Ellisbridge, Ahmedabad-380 006 Ph: (079) 6461629
Fax: (079) 6563681
e-mail: eklavya @ ad1.vsnl.net.in Website : www.eklavya.org