We live in a knowledge society where students prefer practical learning experiences that help them enhance their skills. However, in order to lead the education system in this new direction, it is imperative to first develop quality teachers through systematic, practical and standard policies. To address the need for a holistic approach to teaching, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) has developed a strong foundation through the National Professional Standards for Teachers (NPST). The standards aim to ensure quality training, career progression and incorporate a professional code of conduct for teachers.
Rishabh Khanna, cognitive scientist and CEO of Suraasa, who also led numerous technical presentations in NCTE’s open-house discussions says, “Every industry has professional standards that guide consistent development of its professionals. For teachers, however, there were no such standard policies that could help them grow as professionals. We have seen teachers being in the same role for 20-30 years, many times without much financial growth. Backed by extensive research and practical analysis, NPST holds tremendous potential to enhance the qualitative growth of the teaching profession. It will help us achieve our goal of teacher empowerment and also orchestrate a holistic framework for a teacher’s career progression.”
The NPST is aligned with the National Education Policy (NEP 2020) to build a framework that highlights the competence of Indian teachers. Through a detailed policy that covers every aspect of teacher development, the NPST is all set to reform the teaching sector forever with their quality-driven and global approach.
The first public draft of the National Professional Standards for Teachers (NPST) constitutes a definite guide that illustrates the role of a teacher at different levels of expertise and at different stages of their career. The public draft can be accessed at NCTE website under major scheme: https://www.ncte.gov.in/Website/Index.aspx
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