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Teachers' training in state hit by poor infrastructure

Teachers' training in state hit by poor infrastructure

Kangkan Kalita, TNN Aug 14, 2013, 03.22AM IST

GUWAHATI: Teachers' training institutes approved by National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) in Assam haven't been able to produce even one-fourth of trained candidates eligible to become teachers required in educational institutes of the state due to inadequate infrastructure.
According to NCTE, 37,240 additional teachers will be required in government schools of the state at the primary and senior secondary level in the next academic session, but NCTE recognized teachers' training institutes of the state can produce 5,670 trained teachers annually to cater to this demand.
Though KK Handique State Open University has been authorized to provide training to about 15,000 TET-passed candidates every year who have been recruited by the state government in lower primary and upper primary level, there is a huge shortage of NCTE-approved seats for BEd in the state, which is required to become eligible to teach in secondary and senior secondary level.
The number of teachers which the state will require at the secondary and senior secondary level from the next academic session is 13,082 and 10,568 respectively, said NCTE. But private and government-run BEd colleges of Assam at present can produce only 4,350 trained teachers every year.
NCTE said 13,600 additional teachers will be required at lower primary and upper primary level in the next academic session and this figure will go up further from 2015-16.
"If we take into account the present intake capacity of private, as well as government teachers' training institutes who enroll candidates aspiring to become teachers, Assam can not produce even one-fourth of the trained teachers to be required from the next academic session," the official said.

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