In a bid to improve the crumbling reputation of the government primary schools and higher secondary schools, the AAP government has sent Principals and teachers to Cambridge University as an attempt to enhance their teaching and creative ability. In the University principals and teachers interacted with the students and also attended seminars on the teaching methodologies.
"We sought L-G's approval for the policy of sending teachers abroad for training. Once he approves the proposal, we will fix the time of next batch's visit," said Atishi Marlena, adviser to education minister Manish Sisodia
Measures and objectives
- To augment the education system in Delhi, the AAP government had allotted Rs 10,000 crore. Rs 102 crore had been specified for teacher training programs alone
- For the principals and teachers to be more innovative and efficient, the Delhi government had deputed 30 principals along with several teachers on a five-day training program at IIM-Lucknow
- 30 principals were sent to Cambridge, UK, to interact with the teachers and students. The principals also attended sessions on child-centered learning methods, leadership quality in classroom, and understanding the methods of learning and teaching
- Another two batch of principals will be send to Cambridge in the following events after being approved by the Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung
"I decided to implement the Teach Meet concept, in which teachers meet and discuss ways to improve classroom teaching," said BK Sharma, school principal.
However, some principals identified the several challenges for them to implement western methods of learning and teachings since the education system in India is quite contrary to that from the west.
"If teachers in the UK have to spend more time on students, they can do so. But in our schools, teachers work for a fixed number of hours," said one principal while pointing out the time limits of teachers as they often engage in administrative obligation such as replying to RTIs besides teaching.