NEP: TEACHER EDUCATION AND ASSESSMENT
Amidst the global shutdown and rising pandemic all the actors of the education industry are still processing the New Education Policy. With a lot of proposals some of them clear while many confusing, we had to do our part. We stepped in and now we’ve got the policy broken down clearly for all you readers. We have curated a six part blog series named “Decoding NEP” where we pick up each block of the National Education Policy 2020 with a special speaker every week.
If you’re on a tight schedule, you can listen to this on our podcast “The Glentree Show” which is available on Spotify, Apple, Google Podcasts or any podcast streaming platform. I’m sure that you’ll benefit great from this blog or the podcast, whichever is your way to go !
The theme under which we would be reading today is “NEP:Teacher Education and Assessment”. For our third episode, we had Ms. Nidhi Mishra (Senior Coordinator,Glentree Academy). Well, she had a lot to say, read on to find out !
HOST : What is your opinion on the New Education Policy?
SPEAKER: The New Education Policy envisions a new education system for our country. It aims at transforming our education economy in a sustainable manner by provision of high quality education for all. There are many promising aspects in the policy for the students as well as teachers. On a personal front, I’m happy about this policy and waiting to see how every proposal is going to be implemented.
HOST: How different is the New Education Policy from the previous ones?
SPEAKER: The New Education Policy 2020 has come after 37 long years however the new policy has kept in mind the needs of the present generations. Looking at the old policy it focussed on compulsory education of the children until the age of 14 years, it also placed importance for special education. The Education Policy of 86’ also focused on bringing about a uniformity amongst the education system by giving standard education opportunities for all. With globalisation, changing foreign policy the education policy was given a thought for change and now the education policy of our country aims at bringing about “global education standards” where India would become a superpower in terms of the knowledge economy.
HOST: With the pandemic still grappling around, many of us are still processing the National Education Policy. What does the policy have in store for the features?
SPEAKER: Yes, we’ve moved into the new normal and in the same way with the New Education Policy has brought with it a new normal for the education system of our country. The new policy augurs well and it will go a long way in transforming the education sector of our country.
HOST: The most striking concept “4-year integrated B.ed degree” has been termed as a stringent criterion, what are your thoughts on this as a teacher, and how do you foresee this for all the teachers?
SPEAKER: The policy with respect to teacher education tries to ensure that all the teachers serving in the institutions are highly passionate, well qualified, and motivated professionals. By bringing this new criterion, we will get a new batch of teachers who fulfill all standards of quality. With this new proposal, I’m sure that the institutions are going to churn out teachers who meet global standards of teaching and that the upcoming teachers do not look at teaching as a last resort.
HOST :“A lot of teachers up until now have deemed to have “completed their degrees in colleges and universities that are almost miles away from the place they live”. This phenomenon was observed amongst many school teachers, what are your thoughts on this and how is the new education policy going to tackle these “degrees”.
SPEAKER : According to NEP, the teacher education, their recruitment process and other mandatory qualifications are going to be streamlined by the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) and The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT). Since the new guidelines are being laid down by both these organisations we will further have no such problems.However, many schools who recruit teachers have strict measures and tests which they have to qualify in order to be a staff member of the school. When it comes to Glentree Academy, we have a set of standard procedures and stringent protocols every teacher must go through and only then they become a part of our esteemed institution.
HOST: Coming to the most important part “Teacher Testing and Assessment”, what does the policy have in store for teachers across our country?”.
SPEAKER : As per the policy, the testing and assessment for the teachers is going to be under the control of the National Testing Agency (NTA). The NTA is going to be the only authorised agency to conduct tests and churn out the most qualified from the lot. All the tests and assessments are going to be subject specific and hence it is going to be pre-requisite to crack the test for all the teachers.
HOST: With several categorisations amongst teachers and the teaching community, how is the policy going to turn into a success?
SPEAKER: With experience, confidence and right time of implementation the policy is definitely going to reap its benefits and create teachers who are holistically developed teachers.
We’ve wrapped up our third post, come back here next Wednesday to find out what our experts had to say on “Emotional Health and Mental Wellbeing” with respect to the National Education Policy.
That’s the third post of our series “Decoding NEP”. If you have any questions or queries be sure to comment it down we’re glad to help you out. If reading is a buzzkill for you, tune into our podcast “The Glentree Show” you can find it on Spotify, Apple, Google Podcasts or any other podcast streaming platform. Or just click on the play button below, you can listen to it with ease!