Port Blair, Sept 7: A two-day national workshop on ‘Problems and Prospects of Teacher Education’ got underway at the Tagore Auditorium here this morning. Organized by the Tagore Govt. College of Education in collaboration with Council for Teacher Education, South Zone, the workshop was inaugurated by the Lt. Governor, A & N Islands, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi by lighting the lamp as the chief guest. The Lt Governor and Prof. (Dr.) Nilima Bhagabati, International Secretary General, CTE jointly launched the Council for Teacher Education, Andaman Nicobar Islands Chapter, which is the 30th Centre in the country.
Addressing the gathering, the Lt Governor congratulated the organizers for conducting the two-day national workshop on ‘Teachers Education’ and launching the Council for Teachers Education (CET), in A&N Islands.
The Lt Governor expressed happiness that the Council is working towards better Teacher Training Programmes in the country so as to improve the quality of education. The A&N Administration is focusing more on Education sector, one of the most important areas, said the Lt Governor. “We feel proud that these Islands have a good network of schools covering the remote parts of the Islands. Our schools and colleges have excellent infrastructure and teachers constitute a major chunk of the government servants in the Islands”, the Lt Governor said.
The Lt Governor further stated that the education system in the Islands is one of the best which is evident from the fact that great results have been achieved by our students in class X and class XII this year. The overall pass percentage of Class XII this year was 78.58 percent which is 6.98 percent higher than the previous year. The overall pass percentage of Class X stood at 99.20 while as many as 77 schools in the Islands have achieved 100 percent result and 13 students of the Govt. Schools scored 10 point CGPA in the Class X result this year, the Lt Governor added.
The Lt Governor said the Administration is determined to provide higher education to the students of these Islands. Accordingly, a Law College has started functioning since Oct 1, 2016, paving way for law education in the Islands. The Administration has also proposed for establishing a Central University, and the matter is under consideration by the Government of India. Similarly, a new Polytechnic has been sanctioned which will be started at Diglipur in the next academic year 2018-2019.
The Lt Governor said that since these Islands have a good network of schools, our focus now is to ensure quality education in our schools. He sought the commitment of the teachers to achieve this objective as we have the best brains in the field of ‘Teacher Education’ in Isles today.
The Lt Governor emphasized the need for organizing intensive training courses for in-service teachers to improve and upgrade their teaching skills; adding that workshops, orientation programmes and refresher courses for teachers should be organized on a regular basis. “Teacher institutions should not become stagnant pools but sparkling fresh perennial streams”, he said, urging the teachers to infuse new life and enthusiasm among the students and make learning enjoyable; thus leading to achieving better results.
The Lt Governor expressed hope that the workshop will help bring out suggestions on remedial measures for strengthening the teacher education programmes and will prove beneficial for improving the quality of teacher education in the Islands as well as on the mainland.
In his keynote address, the National Co-cordinator CTE, Dr. Sathyadev Singh said, the Council for Teachers Education (CET), an NGO was established in1985 by late Dr. Gulab Chaurasia (Bhopal) with an objective to empower Teacher Education in the country. CTE works to achieve planned and coordinated development of teacher education system throughout the country and to regulate and maintain the norms & standards in the teacher education system and for matters connected therewith, he added.
In her address, the Secretary Education, Smt. Tanvi Garg stated that the Teacher Training Programme in these Islands started way back in 1958. The A&N Administration, with the recognition of UGC and affiliation of Punjab University came forward to start a college to provide the Bachelor of Education (B. Ed) degree in the academic year 1981-82. Since its inception, the College has been striving hard to produce better, talented and dedicated teachers who can serve in the remote part of these Islands. Today most of the teachers and many of the officers and Principals of the Department of Education are the product of this College, she added.
The Secretary further said that though the workshop is on problems and prospects of teacher education; it should also work out strategies to provide in-service training to the practicing teachers as these Islands are totally cut off from the mainland and almost in academic isolation.
The Vice President, CTE (South), Dr. VM Sasikumar released the CTE News Letter on the occasion.
Welcoming the chief guest and others present on the occasion, the Principal Tagore Govt. College of Education, Dr. JD Singh informed that the workshop is planned to identify and discuss the major issues faced by the Teacher Educators in the country. The outcome and recommendation of the two- day workshop will be placed before the regulatory authorities, he added. The inaugural session of the workshop concluded with the vote of thanks proposed by the Vice President CTE (South), Dr. VM Sasikumar.