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What should future direction be of in-service training of school teachers?
With the recent emphasis on annual and recurrent in-service training of teachers under various school education reform projects in the government, private and NGO sectors, the mode of training has come under scanner due to the ineffectiveness of mass-scale training with a cascade model.

"We have been told to attend a bridge courses both on-line and face-to-face to gain content mastery to fill our knowledge gaps since research has indicated that most teachers' own education is full of misconceptions or wrong information. Though the idea is good but such training should be school-based on the basis of the selected hard concepts in various subject areas and the school must have the stake in it so as to transfer training to classroom situation," said a female teacher working in a private school.

Rightfully, one needs to put teachers central to the educational reforms and quality improvement programme by developing and empowering them continually and it can be accomplished best with school-based training.

There is a need to move away from deficit theory of training decided by outsiders and make trainings an exercise to illuminate teachers within the school itself. Many meaningful emphasizes participatory approach to teacher training since the top-down cascade model of training away the real situation of schools has proved to be ineffective as teachers do not feel to the part of the change or reform process.

Also, it is required that the school based training programmes should be implemented with the centrality of teacher renewal and development to improve the quality of education through content mastery and its transaction with pedagogical soundness. Such a training strategy can only be effective for teacher development and support structure in the school itself.

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