To fulfill the shortage of trained primary
teachers in the state, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) has
proposed the Odisha government to make Certificate Course in Guidance (CCG)
mandatory for primary school teachers in government schools. The course has
been developed in collaboration with the National Council for Education
Research and Training (NCERT). It covers important aspects of teacher's
Several states, including Chhattisgarh, have made
this course mandatory for untrained teachers in government schools. The NCERT
has developed the course keeping in mind shortage of trained teachers in
schools. "The state government has been spending lakhs of rupees in
training in-service teachers, which can be solved by this course," said Abhilash Nayak, director, IGNOU, Bhubaneswar centre. "We
have given the proposal to the state government for many months ago but things
are not moving in the right direction," he added.
He said, the six-month duration course has covered
many important subjects like understanding the psychology of 8 to 14-year-old
children, understanding the need of girls, tribal children and
Director of elementary education Chudamani Seth said,
"The state government has sought the permission from the ministry of human
resources development, GOI and we are waiting for the approval to make the
course mandatory for teachers."
He admitted that the course will be beneficial to
the government in many ways because the intake capacity of teachers training
institutes in the state is not adequate as per the need.
The GOI has asked the state government to give
training to all untrained teachers in primary and secondary school as per the
right to education mandate. At present, more than 12,000 untrained teachers are
still waiting for training.
Government has been giving training to teachers in
a phased manner. But it is taking a lot of time and not up to the mark.
"If IGNOU has some course which is on a par with certificate teachers
training courses then it should be accepted by the government," said
Sabita Sahu, teacher in an elementary school.