The Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) will launch a structured online teacher training programme. These courses will be provided free of charge and no fees will be charged to teachers. At the end of the course, an electronic certificate will be issued to the participant, the CBSE informed in an official notice.
Classes will have multiple sessions and each session will last one hour. Five sessions will be considered as one training day. The board informed that approximately 1,200 online sessions are planned by the Center of Excellence in May.
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According to these courses, the CBSE aims to enable teachers “to teach better and achieve better learning outcomes.” It will also “inculcate new knowledge and skills according to demand to keep them up to par with what is expected and help teachers revise and update knowledge” making it more practical.
“It is clear that this pandemic has completely disrupted an education system that many believe was already losing its relevance. Improving professional development digitally is a need in the time of COVID-19, where social distancing and remote interactions are the new normal,” the council said in an official notice.
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The CBSE had earlier held pilot programs to train teachers from the third week of April. According to the council, more than 500 free online training sessions have been conducted by 15 CBSE – Center of Excellence. More than 35,000 teachers and principals from various parts of the country and abroad have participated in these programs.