In a recent letter, the state government has asked schools to complete the Avirat 3 programme which is an online training set for teachers to improve teaching learning experiences in the classroom. Focused on over 41,000 teachers of secondary section, the content is prepared by the Pune based, Shyamchi Aai Foundation. Started from November 5, the deadline for teachers is December 5. “A lot schools have yet not started the training programme and must complete it by the deadline to ensure the government’s money is not wasted,” said a letter to local education officers.
Similarly, the Maharashtra State Council of Education Research and Training (MSCERT) has asked school heads to complete MHRD’s Nishtha training for headmasters and teachers. The training covers lessons on learning outcomes, competency based learning, inclusive education, safety and security etc. The programme aims to create key resource persons in each district who will have to provide training to the other teachers. Over 5,000 primary teachers are expected to be trained through 60 key resources persons.
While teachers have welcomed the in service professional training, they want it to be spaced out through the academic year. “We have picnics, annual days, vacations during this month. Secondary students are also prepping for their preliminary exams. Training sessions during this time adds to the burden of teachers and they cannot do their work wholeheartedly. A schedule for these sessions should also be announced at the start of the year,” said a teacher from an aided school in Andheri.