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The must-have SCERT wink for all edu training | Nagpur News

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Nagpur: The state government has banned the conduct of education-related trainings, campaigns and surveys by local authorities unless prior permission is obtained from the State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) .
The state wants to end the “unregulated” involvement of NGOs, edtech companies, etc. in organizing training or distributing e-learning materials locally, as this may not be aligned with the overall Maharashtra education plan.
A circular dated February 24, signed by the director of SCERT, MD Singh, was sent to all district collectors, municipal commissioners and general managers of zilla parishad in which it is mentioned that no such activity can henceforth be permitted under their jurisdiction.
SCERT is the apex state agency for planning and implementing teacher education, among many other related activities.
SCERT says that lately, many NGOs, edtech companies and influencers are getting in touch with local officials and organizing teacher training camps/seminars. The state council adds that non-governmental stakeholders may have a commercial interest in promoting such activities, and this cannot be permitted.
The circular also raises the serious question of the privacy of students, who would be the end users of the online learning materials distributed by these edtech companies. SCERT points to the advertising link integrated therein and also points out that further misuse of student/parent data cannot be ruled out.
Another issue that SCERT has noticed is that when such teacher training events occur in various districts, alignment with the state plan is lacking. Different methodologies are used by different organizers and SCERT says this “ultimately leads to chaos among students”.
It also calculated the hours of work lost due to these unauthorized trainings. “If a teacher has 30 students and classes last six hours, then 180 man-hours are deployed. If the teacher is absent for a two-day training, then 360 hours of work have been lost and the students suffer,” the circular quotes.
Thus, to ensure uniformity in pedagogical training, permission to organize any event must now be obtained from SCERT. This will obviously put a damper on the work of NGOs and IT companies which, until now, had almost unfettered access to public schools.
A school principal said, “It’s a good decision. We were also fed up that our teachers were required to attend trainings and seminars by NGOs. »