Insights from a SSA training programme

Zakir, Shehnaz (2018) Insights from a SSA training programme. Learning Curve (30). pp. 80-81.

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All the teachers of government schools are given a 6-day training by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) so that the teachers can be made aware of certain issues related to education such as CCE, improvement in the results of examinations and effective classroom teaching. After getting a job in government service from an aided education institution, I too got the opportunity to participate in a training programme conducted by SSA. I was attending this for the first time although I had been a part of many training programmes in Vidya Bhawan during my 14 -year tenure. With the same perception of training in mind, I came to SSA training programme with a lot of enthusiasm. The training lasted for six days, in which the participants were supposed to work on two subjects – Mathematics and English. Three days were allotted for each subject. On the first day, half of the time was spent in reaching the venue and getting the registration and other formalities done. Then the discussion started on Mathematics and the Master Trainer (MT) asked us to share our problems. The teachers came up with their problems, which ranged from fractions, statement sums and writing the numbers. But no one had the solutions to these problems. Every year such problems are put forth in the training but they do not get resolved. Teachers are unable to understand how to teach these concepts. All the teachers wished that the Trainer should take the discussions forward so that some solution may emerge. But he could not do it since he had no experience of these classes and also he had not seen the textbooks of classes 1 to 5. So he was unable to discuss the issues related to this topic. He then asked the teachers to share their teaching experience and the methodologies they adopted which enabled children to do sums correctly. The ball was in teachers’ court again. Most of their experiences pointed towards making the children mug up things somehow, remember it for some time and teach it again the following year. On the whole, the entire discussion was of no use and the MT was not able to facilitate the whole process properly.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Zakir, Shehnaz
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences
Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Learning Curve
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