With the objective of enhancing quality, National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) has been focusing its attention on the quality and excellence in the training aspects of in-service teachers of government/ government aided/ private unaided recognised schools across the country.
As an added step in this direction, a quality programme of NIOS for in-service untrained teachers training diploma in Elementary Education (D.El.Ed) was launched by Union Human Resource Developement Minister Prakash Javadekar recently.
The Teacher Training Programme is designed for all untrained government/government aided/private unaided recognised in-service untrained teachers of elementary schools. Around 15 lakh teachers have been enrolled so far. It is important that teacher trainings are put in place to help develop skills through their job and to retain knowledge, skills need to be refreshed on regular basis.
It is an initiative in Online and Distance Learning (ODL) mode of NIOS to upgrade the professional competence and Information and Communication based capacity building for teachers.
Speaking on the occasion, Javadekar said that all untrained teachers are to be trained by 2019. Teachers and quality education are the rights of the students. Innovation and best practices will ensure that the best minds are able to innovate in the country and therefore NIOS has taken a step in this direction to get engaged at the grass root level. He also informed that in the first year of SWAYAM launch, the country has made a world record in online training. He categorically said that there will be no further extension for this training programme after March 31, 2019.
NIOS chairman Prof CB Sharma said that training isn’t just important to any institution, it is vital also. The way teachers teach is of critical concern in any reform designed to improve the quality.