India’s education is outdated

There is no mechanism in the education system to ensure teacher performance after teaching

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, NEW DELHI — India’s teaching techniques are said to be outdated. He said India should start moving from traditional education to modern educational techniques. The teacher who won the 2020 Global Teacher Prize, Ranjitsinh Disale, said India must equip teachers with techniques and technologies to provide the best education for students in the 21st century.

What he said a day before Hari Indian teacher which falls on September 5. “We also need to track what is happening in the classroom (to determine) whether the training is being used effectively. There is no mechanism in the education system to guarantee teacher performance after they have taught,” Disale told Anadolu Agency on Saturday (4/9).

He said teachers are not respected and should focus on teaching and not be asked to do other tasks that are not related to their expertise. “During the pandemic we see a lot of places they are being asked to do things outside of school work like crowd control, in many places they are involved in vaccinations,” Disale added.

He also referred to efforts to promote girls’ education. He said empowering students, especially female students, is a necessary step at this time. “My personal opinion is that we should start investing in girls’ education. Their potential has not been discovered. We need to empower girls,” he said.

“Due to the large number of girls dropping out of school, I think it is time to act, this is a government issue,” Disale added.

Disale is a schoolteacher in a village in the western state of Maharashtra. He won five million US dollars from the Global Teacher Prize sponsored by the Varkey Foundation and co-organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The 33-year-old is known for his efforts to encourage girls’ education and the brains behind QR codes for textbooks in India. He said his country should adopt a “student-centered policy” where students can freely “learn what they want to study and where they want”.

“We need to equip them (teachers) with better techniques and technologies. In India, 21st century teachers need 21st century teaching techniques,” Disale said.

“During the pandemic, teachers were trained to invite online, but students were not trained to learn online,” he added.

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