Faculty members from IIT-Guwahati will train teachers in Assam government schools, several of which have been issued show cause warnings by the state education department for registering zero pass percentages in the recently released Class X state board exam results.
A total of 102 government-run schools were investigated, with pass rates ranging from zero to ten percent. “In order to train the teachers, especially those imparting maths, science and english lessons, we have inked a deal with IIT- Guwahati,” education minister Ranoj Pegu told the media. We are also taking measures so that school teachers can benefit from college teachers through training programme.”
Pegu stated that the education department will be overhauling the school education system in the near future. “The government is considering implementation of a school rule book across the state. Introduction of the concept of class teacher is also being mulled. There will be some changes in the course curriculum as well,” he said.
The government took the poor performance of government-run schools on a serious note, and the director of secondary education even warned school headmasters and principals with dismissal if their responses to show cause warnings are unsatisfactory.
The MoU inked between IIT-Guwahati and Samagra Shiksha, the Assam education department, would promote science and technology at all levels of schools and institutions across the state, according to Prof. Parameswar K Iyer, dean, public relations at IIT Guwahati. He stated that these activities are anticipated to start soon.
Prof. TG Sitharam, director of IIT-Guwahati, stated that the goal is to improve the quality of education in the state by exposing teachers to world-class laboratories at IIT-Guwahati, raising awareness about modern teaching methodologies, and providing residential training to teachers, all of which will be followed up with regular proactive follow-up efforts. “We will closely work with the education department of the state and identify areas that require immediate upgrading so that the education standards in the state can be improved drastically,” he added.
The collaboration, according to IIT-Guwahati, will be used to carry out a master trainer residential training programme on science subjects at IIT-Guwahati, school mentorship activities, science and maths quizzes, and olympiads as part of the Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan.