Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ters want teacher pro­mo­tion based on per­for­mance

Hindustan Times (Gurgaon) - - Nation - Nee­lam Pandey nee­lam.pandey@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: Pro­mo­tion of teach­ers should be linked to per­for­mance and re­sults of stu­dents, mid-day meals should cover all pupils, and ed­u­ca­tion re­forms are re­quired to re­place rote learn­ing, sug­gested state ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ters at a meet­ing of the Cen­tral Ad­vi­sory Board of Ed­u­ca­tion (CABE) this Jan­uary.

The sug­ges­tions are part of an ex­er­cise to find steps to re­form In­dia’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem un­der the guid­ance of the Union hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment (HRD) min­istry and CABE, which is the gov­ern­ment’s high­est ad­vi­sory body for ed­u­ca­tion poli­cies, of­fi­cials who wished to re­main uniden­ti­fied said on Tues­day.

Union HRD min­is­ter Prakash Javadekar, who chaired the meet­ing, said the un­equal dis­tri­bu­tion and de­ploy­ment of teach­ers in schools across In­dia is a ma­jor is­sue. Also, he ac­knowl­edged that teach­ers are bur­dened with other du­ties that af­fect their teach­ing.

The state ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ters un­der­scored sev­eral mea­sures, in­clud­ing per­for­mance-based pro­mo­tion of teach­ers, the of­fi­cials said.

Ac­cord­ing to the min­utes of the meet­ing, the Ut­tarak­hand ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Arvind Pandey said “pro­mo­tion of teach­ers should be linked to the learn­ing out­comes and the per­for­mance of stu­dents”.

His views were shared by the Puducherry ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter R Ka­malakan­nan, who stated that pro­mo­tion of teach­ers should be based on per­for­mance and re­sults of stu­dents.

Their Odisha coun­ter­part Badri­narayan Pa­tra sug­gested that the gov­ern­ment should put in place per­for­mance-based ap­praisal, with­out which “qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion can be dif­fi­cult to achieve”.

An­other sug­ges­tion made by one of the mem­bers was that the cur­ricu­lum should in­cul­cate con­sti­tu­tional val­ues in stu­dents, and there has to be clear-cut strat­egy to achieve that goal.

They stressed that re­spect for teach­ers need to be re­stored to im­prove the cur­rent ed­u­ca­tion sce­nario.

“To re­place rote learn­ing and ef­fect im­prove­ment in learn­ing out­comes, there is a need to have ex­am­i­na­tion re­forms. Re­spect for teach­ers should be re­stored through well-de­fined mea­sures,” reads the meet­ing’s minute.

Ac­cord­ing to the of­fi­cials, a num­ber of mem­bers said the mid­day meal scheme should be for strength­ened. There was also a sug­ges­tion that the menu for the meal should be strictly veg­e­tar­ian.

The Manipur ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter T Rad­heshyam re­quested that fruits and bak­ery items should be in­cluded in the meal.

Prakash Javadekar

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