How many years of pre-service training?

Prof.  Siddiqui, Chair of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE)talked about the development of new curriculum framework for teacher education in India that he hopes will be implemented nation wide over the next 3 to 4 years.
He says pre-service, in-service and professsional development of teachers must be considered as a continuum of teacher education.
He says there has been a shift towards a more constructivist approach to learning. He recognises a need to enhance language competence and a need to give space for teachers to become reflective practitioners.
Professor Siddiqui recommends a 2 years post graduation teacher training programme, or 4- 5 years for school leavers (after plus 2).
How many years pre-service training do you think teachers need?

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4 thoughts on “How many years of pre-service training?

  1. Anooja Nair

    Hi Philip

    According to me it is not the length of the training programme, but it is the quality of the training programme that matters more. (The intensive CELTA is only for a month, but aren’t the teachers to standard?)

    Perhaps I can refer to what Manish Sabharwal said in his speech yesterday. Either make the entry stricter like in IITs so that the quality of the graduates are assured or make the exit stricter if anyone can get admission, like in the CA programme.

    A question raised by Rod Bolitho during the discussion yesterday morning is also relevant here. Whether the teacher educators in the pre-service training institutes are skilled enough to produce methodologically and linguistically competent teacher?

    If the above things are taken care of probably a year’s training after graduation would be enough provided the new curriculum framework ensures that the pre-service teacher education programme’s more of practice and less of theory. So after plus 2 (for school leavers) it could be an integrated 4 years programme.

    1. Philip Clegg Post author

      Thanks for your comment Anooja,

      Yes I agree that quality is very important in any training programme. I also agree that any pre-service and in-service programme should have a large practical component.


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