One after another glaring mistakes in this year’s Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations have exposed the incompetence of a large number of our teachers and invited huge criticism from every corner of society, especially from well-aware guardians and educationists. It is surely a matter to be worried about as far as the standard of our education and, thus, the future of our country is concerned. How can a guardian feel relief sending their children to these teachers? However, a more disheartening fact is revealed in the latest academic supervision report prepared by the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) that says about 44.75 per cent of teachers are still incapable of preparing question papers under the creative method introduced some 14 years ago. The report further states that even 35 per cent of teachers have no training in curriculum and 38 per cent in the creative system. Then, the question comes to mind how these teachers have been conducting classes for so many years and what students have learnt from them during this period.
Though the policymakers have formulated a creative method of education and recruited many teachers with a view to enhancing the quality of education, the system is yet to reap the benefits, thanks to the lack of proper evaluation of teachers’ performance and adequate training sessions for teachers. Thousands of teachers are recruited every year and sent straight to classrooms without any training, which is to beblamed for most of the present situation. It is learnt that more than one and a half lakh teachers are teaching in different institutions without having the Bachelor of Education (B Ed) degree that is a must for teachers of schools, colleges and madrasas. Such a big number of unskilled teachers are contributing to the deterioration of education standards. At the same time, the mindset of some teachers, especially those who set controversial questions, is not less responsible for it.