SCERT Seeks Work Report From DIETs On Academic Calendar,Teacher Training

ERSA’s 5-day workshop on creation of sample papers for classes 5-8 ends

By Farooq Shah

SRINAGAR- The principals of all the 10 District Institutes of Education and Training (DIET) were all called to a meeting by the State Institute of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) on Wednesday to discuss the progress made on the ongoing academic session’s academic calendar and teacher training.

The National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT), New Delhi, has recently issued instructions and other guidelines in accordance with the principles of the National Education Policy, aka NEP2020, and the SCERT has updated the academic calendar and the teacher training action plan to reflect these updates. This is done in an effort to discourage rote learning. Copies of the updated academic calendar and teacher training manual have already been distributed among all the DIETs.

The SCERT has grouped all of the DIETs into three academic units with Anantnag, Kulgam, and Shopian being placed in Unit-1, Budgam, Ganderbal, and Pulwama being placed in Unit-2, and Baramulla, Bandipora, and Kupwara being placed in Unit-3. DIET Srinagar also known as Central DIET has been placed under the SCERT.

Joint Director, SCERT, Mohammad Sharif Dedhar, while stressing on the importance of the assignment, said any lax adherence to the academic calendar would not be tolerated, dispelling the idea that DIETs served as a ‘dumping ground’ for teachers.

“The authorities want to see the assignments carried out in the most professional manner possible because they are fully aware of the costs associated with such exercises,” Dedhar said. “Modules for the assigned task shall be completed within the briefest time possible.”

The SCERT, he said, will extend all possible support to the personnel involved in the exercise.

“Once a program is concluded, make sure the goals are accomplished on the ground,” advised Dedhar. “The SCERT shall form a team to monitor the ground-level execution of the programs.”

Dr. Rabia Naseem Mughal, a senior academic officer at the SCERT, demonstrated how to build a module of a program contained in the academic calendar in a thorough PowerPoint presentation as she outlined the way forward.

Meanwhile, the Education Research Survey and Assessment (ERSA) Wing’s five-day workshop on the creation of sample papers for classes 5 and 8 came to an end today.

According to Dr. Nazneen, Head of the ERSA Wing, “Learning outcomes (LO) have never been matched with the various competences and content load offered through the model papers.

“The emphasis is on developing higher order thinking skills in the students, hence the model papers mirror the most recent trends in school-based evaluation,” she said.

Dr. Nazneen hoped that the model papers will allow teachers in the field to choose the best pedagogical approaches to support students in reaching the learning outcome-based skills envisioned in NEP-2020.

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