Education Ministry steps ahead

– online training for teachers to begin from Monday

THE Ministry of Education (MoE) is expected to begin engaging teachers in a training programme to better enable them to deliver teaching via virtual platforms, as has become necessary in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This was revealed by Minister of Education (MoE), Ms. Priya Manickchand during a virtual press conference held on Friday.
“We are about to launch, on Monday, a mass teacher training programme, where our teachers can be trained about use of ICT in the classroom. It’s a 100-hour programme; it’s being done on the teachers’ own time. We have contacted teachers, and we have more than 1000 teachers who have registered, and have begun the training,” the Minister explained.

“It’s a beautiful programme from the OAS [Organisation of American States], partnering with ProFuturo. And once we begin, we expect all of our teachers to be trained,” she added.

That project had involved a number of schools receiving electronic teaching equipment, and teachers being trained in administering lessons to their pupils, using the electronic devices which came preloaded with teaching content from ProFuturo, specific to each grade level.
For the training of teachers, beginning on Monday, Minister Manickchand noted that in cases where teachers do not have access to the Internet, printed materials will be sent to those them.

“Our teachers in the hinterland without connectivity, we’re printing modules right now, as we speak, to get into those villages so that the theory can be done, and then make arrangements for the practical to be done later,” the Minister said.


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