Online training, summer camp part of Delhi govt’s education action plan

Government school teachers will get an online “individualized learning platform” and during the vacations, sixth-grade students will attend summer camps run by willing school management committees this year. A mobile application for SMCs to report school issues on and training of nearly every group involved in the schooling process — from administrators to local community — are also in Delhi Government’s action plan for education in 2016-17.

Education minister Manish Sisodia, senior officials of the Directorate of Education and non-government organisations who will manage the bulk of the programmes, revealed the action plan before over a 1,000 principals and 200 mentor teachers. The NGOs involved include Pratham, Creatnet Education and Saajha.

The teacher training programme will be recast into a new format. As principal advisor to the DoE, Shailendra Kumar explains, they’ll now begin through a “change in perspective” — instill the belief that everyone can learn — work on foundation skills for students of Class I to IX and subject knowledge of teachers who teach Classes IX to XII. “The programme of each stakeholder will be aligned to achieve these goals but I’m not talking about learning goals that are set for the month. Those have to be achieved, of course, but kids need to develop their basic abilities too,” he says. The “key points of intervention” are teachers, heads of school, SMCs, education administrators. Help will be at hand for teachers in the form of mentor teachers who, in turn, will received intense training. For teachers of senior classes, there will be an online platform “with content across different subjects.”

Over 800 heads of school will be trained in small groups; many will travel to different parts of the country and abroad to share best practices with school leaders there. The government intends to also increase involvement of the family in the students’ learning. SMCs, like the estate managers will be armed with a mobile application through which they can report issues with their respective schools to the authorities — mainly the deputy directors of education. Cluster resource coordinators will be “strenghtened”; SMCs trained. This year, the government intends make “creative use” of the summer vacation for Grade VI. Willing SMCs can sign up to run summer camps and esliber “activity-based learning through interaction and group projects.”

Even education administrators will be trained — many are promoted from schools — and will finally form a forum on which they can share solutions.

“Teachers need to be clear about why they’re teaching,” observes Sisodia, “If they aren’t, they are merely transfering data.” His plan to reduce the syllabus is also on the cards and he tells principals he was merely doing their bidding by suggesting it. He believes textbooks writers and educationists have so far done their work in “five star hotels” and “sitting on the beach.”

Action Place 2016-17

For teachers

* Mentor teachers for on-site, hands-on training and help

*Capacity-building through international, national exposure, month-long training, “Jeevan Vidya Shivir”

*Role will be to train 28,000 TGT and Assistant Teachers, on-site monitoring

*Online teacher-training program. An individual learning platform for teachers for content across subjects

For heads of school

* 887 principals will be trained in leadership in groups of 10

* Travel to different parts of the country and abroad for sharing best practices

For school management committees

*Training and even on-site support

* Leadership programme

*Mobile application through which SMC members can report issues to the directorate

*Willing SMCs will run summer camps for Class VI students from May 11 to 31 during which there’s be activity-based learing and group projects

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