Delhi Education Minister Manish Sisodia launched the first round of ‘mentor teachers’ programme on Thursday, paving a way to improve the education standards across the schools. The first round will last for next two years, under which selected 200 teachers will serve as ‘mentor teachers’ for other teachers.
Defining the real motive of mentor teachers programme, Education Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava said, “We need a network of committed people who can change the system for the better. And also, other teachers will be more willing to listen to you than us (bureaucrats) because you are from the same system and handle the same issues.” “The contribution of those who do sign up, will have to be significant enough to justify depriving the hundreds of kids whose lives they impact in their classes,” he added.
Few months back, the Delhi government had announced to constitute a Mentor Teachers’ Group, designed specifically to inhibit teaching methodologies in teachers by providing adequate training. The Directorate of Education also invited nominations, for which it received close to 1,100 applications. The DoE also extended this programme to engage contract and guest teachers along with regular ones.
The system works this way, these shortlisted 200 teachers will get first-hand training to sharpen their own knowledge & skill and they will help other teachers in the system by conducting training sessions on teaching methodologies.
Initially, 200 teachers from received applications have been shortlisted and attached to the District Institution of Education and Training (DIET) for next two years. These teachers will be trained in two rounds, by involving in self-learning, training and mentoring process. A two-day orientation programme followed by 15-day training session (including theory and practice) along with a residential ‘Jeevan Vidya Shivir’ for team-building would be arranged for these teachers in April and May. From July, they will start providing on-site support to the teachers and will also monitor prevailing classroom practices.
After the training, the mentor teachers will be assigned five to ten schools and for next two years, they would be mentoring in their respective schools. They will regularly visit their allotted schools to observe classroom practice, speak with teachers about teaching methods, obtain their feedback and provide their support to them, wherever required. The mentor teachers will also design and conduct specific research on any topic related to school education.
An education department official said that the shortlisted teachers will get special training and they will also go on study trips within India or abroad. Recently, the Delhi government allocated Rs 102 crore for international training of principals and teachers in the budget and 90 School Principals were selected to visit Cambridge University for training.