|Posted by Mr. Navodaya on August 20, 2011 at 8:45 PM|
Navodaya Vidyalaya is the Best Performer in CBSE Board Exams and Its students are excelent in academics and overall personality and character. It is a well known fact that Navodaya Vidyalayas are among the pioneer institutes in India. Who does the credibility go to ? Are the teachers in Navodaya the Best ones among them all ? Or Is it the students who have been bringing fame for their School ?
NAVODAYA VIDYALAYAS have 70% TALENTED STUDENTS Whereas the percentage of TALENTED TEACHERS is just 30%. It is a very unfortunate scenario where the contibution of teachers towards the success of students is non appreciable. Though it has been claimed that now a days selection of teachers has improved this percentage a little but teachers need better orientation and training for a talented /coed /residential group.
Navodaya Vidyalayas, being co-educational residential schools, where there is no tution, coaching or any external academic influence, the teachers are the only source from whom students would learn. But the unfortunate proportion of non talented teachers who are engaged in politics among teachers, who are busy showing their unquestionable power, are the main factors in the way of intellectual development among the talented Navodaya Students.
OUR First NVS Commissioner Mr. S.K. Sarma said ...." OUR PRINCIPALS AND TEACHERS SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED AND STAND RARE IN ANY GATHERING OF PEOPLE PERTINENT TO EDUCATION AND IDEALS TO OTHERS RELATED ....AS OUR STUDENTS ARE." ....His expectation abt students has come true but we are yet to see the same for teachers.
While Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti has been portraying its success through the success of its students, it needs to be drawn attention into the fact that this success could even go much higher, if it were to focus on quality of teachers.
What is Being done to Improve the Quality of Teachers ?
The recent initiative towards standardization of primary teachers by CENTRAL TEACHER ELIGIBILITY TEST (CTET) by CBSE is very appreciable. Aiming to improve teaching standards under the RTE ambit, CBSE introduces a national level teacher eligibility test for teacher recruitment. The first ever central teacher eligibility test (CTET) was conducted on June 26 by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). This test was the qualifying exam for CBSE teachers intending to teach Classes I-VIII.
What is CTET ? How Will It Help Navodaya Vidyalayas ?
The National Council for Teachers' Education (NCTE) had mandated a single eligibility test be held for teachers across the country. Clearing this test will now be mandatory for applicants who wants to teach at central government-run schools like Navodaya Vidyalayas. This was made mandatory under the Right To Education act (RTE) and the CBSE was asked to conduct the exam.
Private schools following CBSE syllabus may or may not insist on it. Also, existing teachers need not take it. It is only for new entrants. CBSE said in its website, “The RTE Act requires recruitment of teachers across the country in a time-bound manner; it is desirable to ensure that quality requirement for recruitment of teachers is not diluted at any cost. It is, therefore, necessary to ensure that the persons recruited as teachers possess the essential aptitude and ability to meet the challenges of teaching at the primary and upper primary level,”
According to the CBSE, the eligibility test will “help bring national standards and benchmark of teacher quality in the recruitment process.... It would induce teachers’ education institutions and students from these institutions to further improve their performance standards”.
How Easy Is the Test for Teachers ?
All questions in the CTET will be multiple choice and there will be no negative marking. There will be two papers in the test 150 marks each — Paper I for teachers for classes I to V; Paper II for teachers for classes VI to VIII. Only the teachers securing 60% and above will be issued the CTET certificate. Mark sheets will be given those who have failed to qualify.Candidates who score 60 per cent or more in the test exam will be considered as pass.Significantly, there would be no restriction on the number of attempts a person can take for acquiring a CTET Certificate.A person who has qualified CTET may also appear again for improving his/her score. The CTET will be held annually and its certificate will be valid for seven years.
Apparently this Centralized Teachers' Eligibility Test will help in improving the quality of teachers in Junor Classes of Navodaya Vidyalaya. However the main chunk of students who bring the fame for Navodaya are yet to be provided with Quality Teachers ! May be Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti would start realizing the importance of teachers in Education and Navodaya will soon have some talented teachers !
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