Srinagar, Aug 22: Puncturing the tall claims of the government about quality education in the government-run schools, the Jammu and Kashmir’s School Education department has over 2000 untrained teachers, who are teaching the students of higher classes in various schools, an official data has revealed.
Official data has revealed that there were at least 2061 untrained teachers in the School Education department.
The official documents, available with the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO) reads, “There are 2061 untrained teachers in Government Secondary Schools based on Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) 2018-19 who do not meet the requisite professional qualifications.”
According to the documents, the Government of India (GoI) has said, “Union Territory (UT) is to roll out a policy to enroll such teachers in Teacher’s Educational Institutions to complete the professional course who are without having minimum qualification.”
The Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) has directed the concerned authorities to provide professional training to the untrained teachers.
“All the untrained teachers need to be professionally trained so as to be compliant with National Council for Teachers Training (NCTE) regulations,” it reads.
The MHRD officials said that a total of 23,137 KRPs and SRPs and 16,999,31 School heads and teachers have been trained under NISHTHA in 2019-20.
“In this regard given the positive feedback received from the States and UTs regarding the effectiveness of the NISHTHA training programme at the elementary level particularly in terms of effective transition of comprehensive and well defined modules covering various aspects teaching learning processes,” the official said.
The official further said that it has been decided to launch NISHTHA Phase-II at the secondary level in order to have a coordinated and learning outcome based training programme.
“Teachers, headmasters, principals of Government and Government aided schools at secondary level will be covered in NISHTHA Phase-II,” the official added—(KNO)