“Imagine a situation where a teacher graduates from a District Institute of Education and Training (DIET) centre, earns her B.Ed or M.Ed degree and enters the classroom. Let’s assume she’s teaching at a low-cost government school. She’s excited and genuinely believes that she has the tools to help her students learn.
However, on entering the classroom, the teacher realises that the students in her class are at completely different academic levels and she has no idea how to teach in such a situation. Many of them are first-generation learners who may not get any academic support at home. Absenteeism is quite high and socio-economic circumstances like low income levels and a lack of proper nutrition affect the performance of many able students. To help her cope with these issues, she attends different types of training but there is no professional development program which helps to better her knowledge and skills. The lack of proper training affects her teaching and consequently, her student’s ability to learn and perform well.
While this may be an extreme example, many teachers in India, especially those in low-income schools, have to cope with such issues every single day.”
In this article on the Forbes India blog, Samhita looks at gaps in the education system, the challenges that trainee teachers face and effective ways in which companies can invest in training teachers through their CSR initiatives.