TEACHER EDUCATION IN
R. B. Kumar
growth of modern education gave rise to felt-need for having teachers equipped
with the skills of teaching profession so that output indicators of students’
performances are appreciably good. As a consequence, first ever Teachers’
Training Institute was established at Temi, South District of Sikkim in 1955
based on Gandhian philosophy of “Basic Education”. The lone T. T. I. was then shifted to the campus
of Government Senior Secondary School Felling, West Sikkim, 7 kilometres away
from Gyalsing, the District headquarters of
Teacher Education FOR ELEMENTRY SCHOOLS
The State of Sikkim has been sanctioned three DIETs one each for East, West and South districts. However DIET East is located at Gangtok alone is functional and it serves, therefore, the entire State. The lone T.T.I, established in 1955 was upgraded in 1998 and runs apart from other activities, a 2 year pre-service diploma course with an intake capacity of 50.Besides pre-service training, other programmes conducted by DIET Gangtok are: 1. Short-term in-service programmes for pre-primary and primary teachers; 2.Short term training programmes to prepare resource persons for taking up 20 days in-service programmes at CRC and BRC level; 3. Academic inspection of schools; 4.Preparation of training package and textual materials required for pre-primary and primary school stage. The 2-year pre-service programme has been structured into four semesters. First two semesters are devoted to on theory part and include important components related to teacher and education in emerging Indian society, educational psychology, school organisation, educational technology, Some contemporary issues like inclusive education, disaster management education and curricular areas with methodologies are also covered. At the end of second semester, student teachers are deputed to different schools under School Experience Programmes for 15 days. Their performance is evaluated by the lecturers of DIET Gangtok as they visit each school where pupil- teachers are deputed. In the subsequent semesters student teachers are given exposure to different teaching skillsalong with other theoretical components. Examination is conducted by the Institute itself. Mode of evaluation includes assignment, home work, class tests and project work etc apart from term examination. In cse of qualification of Faculty of DIET Gangtok ,all the teaching members expect two are M Ed. (either B.A. & M. Ed. or M. A. / M. Sc. & M. Ed. ) Some of the lecturers are pursuing Masters degree courses in their respective disciplines. Principal DIET Gangtok holds the degree of M.A. M. B.Ed. & M. Phil. Lecturers of DIET Gangtok are on regular establishment in the scale of Rs 7,000 - Rs 11,500 plus other allowances admissible under Government of Sikkim norms. Notification has been brought to operationalise DIET West at Soreng, one of the sub-divisional headquarters, at the earliest. Similarly, all efforts are being to operationalise DIET, South. DIET Gangtok has hostel facility for girls and boys.
Carmel Teacher’s Training Institute, Pakuong has been set up by Apostilic
Carmel Sisters’ Organisation, Kolkata at
Pakyong, a sub-divisional Headquarters of East District (
TEACHER TRAINING FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS.
are two teacher training institutions for training of teachers for secondary
schools: Loyola College of Education, Namchi and Harka Maya College of
Education, Tadong. The B. Ed. course offered by the colleges is affiliated to
Loyola College of Education, Namchi is a college established and managed by the Darjeeling Jesuits of North Bengal (DJNB) and is self-financed. Established in 1993, with a land area of 4.6 hectares made available by the State Government on lease basis for 99 years with an initial endowment of Rs. 30 lakhs. As per the MOU between the college and the State Government, annual rent of Rs 10 a year is being paid by the college. At present, the college’s one-year B. Ed. course has an intake capacity of 100. Actual teaching days of the college is more than 180 days. Method papers are in the subjects- English, History, Economics, Geography, Life Sciences, Physics, Chemistry and Nepali. There are ten faculty members including the Principal out of which eight members possess M. A. / M. Sc. & M. Ed. degree and are on regular establishment in the scale of Rs, 8,000-13000. Remaining two faculty possess M. Sc. B. Ed. and M. Sc. B. Ed. are on part time basis. Harka Maya College of Education, Tadong has been established under the Society Act of Rhenock Education Society, Gangtok in the year 2003-04 with an intake capacity of 100 candidates for B. Ed. course. Annual fee to be paid by a pupil teacher for B. Ed. course is about RS 40,000 Admission to the B. Ed. course is based on the merit list prepared by the college by taking into account the Admission Test conducted by the college and curriculum vitae of the candidate
Practice teaching for B. Ed. course is conducted for 15 days duration wherein a teacher trainee is required to deliver at least 15 lessons in each of two methods papers selected by them. There are 5 method papers available, which include Geography, English, Biology and mathematics. Periodical tests are conducted by the college for B.Ed. students. It also has One Year M. Ed. Course since 2006-07. Annual fee to be paid by student for the M. Ed. course is about Rs. 55,000.One of the features of M. Ed. Course is Seminar where the students are given good exposure to seminar presentation. .
Other Teacher TRAINING PROGRAMMES
Apart from these institutions, there is a District Centre for Teaching English (DCTE) set up at Namchi, the headquarter of South District, under the District Centre Scheme of the Central Institute of English & Foreign languages, (CIEFL) Hyderabad, MHRD, Government of India a Deemed University. It conducts short-term training programme with an objective for improving English Language Teaching in the schools. Teachers teaching English at the Secondary level are invited to undergo such short term training course for English. Besides the Centre conducts a one year Correspondence -cum- contact Course in the Certificate in English Language Teaching (C. ELT) This specialised course consists of five papers of 100 marks each on Reading-100 marks, Writing -100 marks, Grammar- 100 marks, Study Skills-100 marks and Principles and Methods 100 marks. Successful candidates are awarded certificates by the CIEFL, Hyderabad.
State Government is strongly committed to enhance the professional skills and
capacity of in-service teachers. To clear the backlog of untrained teachers the
HRD Department Government of Sikkim has launched two-year B. Ed. and six-month
C.P.E. Course with the technical and academic support from IGNOU,
All teacher education programmes in the State need a fresh look in the light of emerging concerns of quality education and contemporary issues. Teaching is a profession and in every professional course, practicum is very important. In teacher preparation Programme internship of about six months’ duration may not be a bad proposition. Under this internship programme, every pupil-teacher may be attached to a school for at least a period of six months and the candidate may compulsorily be involved in all activities of the school. His performance may be evaluated by the subject teachers, headmaster and finally through the academic inspection of the Faculty of teacher education institute. After successful completion of the internship, the candidate may be allowed to appear at the annual examination.