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Wither teacher education and development in India!
It is quite shocking that a large majority of B.Ed. degree holders have failed in the Central Teacher Eligibility Test (CTET) despite all the training and coaching before the test.

Reportedly, more than 90% trained teachers have failed in the CTET this year and advised setting the standards for teachers.

"If the CTET is showing a vast majority of candidates unable to qualify their job-fitness criterion, it is a sad telltale on our teacher education and preparation system. I suspect that if the existing teacher educators were to take the CTET, most of them will fail. There is an urgent need to improve the teacher educators who themselves cannot deliver a good lesson. The teacher educators have to be good at pedagogy and proficient method masters. But unfortunately, teacher educators use extensively the lecture method and their lectures are often boring and badly delivered," said Jaipur-based retired teacher Prabha Kishore.

Currently, all teacher education programmes are both unprofessional and unethical. The mushrooming of B.Ed. colleges and dishing out of degrees have led to this situation despite a National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education being in place and National Council for Teacher Education being in place.

There have been studies on the teachers who passed the CTET and got recruited as teachers and a good majority could not pass grade eight content test.

In the government sector, 'so called highly qualified teachers' had been indulging in absenteeism from the school and coaxing students for tuitions.

If one goes by this scenario, there is a need to begin the educational reform from teacher education system rather than doing patchwork of reforming school education through 'rotten teachers produced by all the more rotten educators', reiterated Prabha.

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