Hyderabad: This Teacher’s Day, teachers will turn into students. Schools across Telangana are training teachers to update their own skills as well as to deal with student problems like drug abuse, a hot topic in the state.
School authorities and educational experts agree that such teacher training programmes are essential.
“With new technology and new updates every day, a teacher cannot stop learning. Only if he/she is constantly updated, can they expect the same from students,” says educationist Sunita Reddy.
The principal of Sreenidhi School says a series of sessions for teachers regarding the issue of drugs has been conducted and is an ongoing programme.
Meridian School’s principal. Usha Reddy, says, “We had an online course for our teachers in their core area of specialisation. Courses were offered from reputed universities such as Harvard, Standford, MIT, Alison, the British Council, Future Learn and others.” It’s worthwhile spending on such programmes because ultimately it benefits the students, she added.
Union minister Prakash Javdekar has been keen that service training for teachers be conducted, but not all are in favour of it. Teacher Vandana Roy says, “The training programmes suggested by the minister were for unqualified teachers. Teacher training programmes that build up a teacher’s skills in class and can give more specialisation in her subject during her service is crucial.”
With students being familiar with information technology, teachers cannot lag behind and advanced IT classes are being held for teachers in some schools.