National Teacher's Day is around the corner to provide an occasion to reflect on the performance of teachers and teacher-educators as a collective. A very recent report by the Varma Committee reveals that out of 291 teacher-education institutions evaluated by them only 34 of them were found up to the mark.
According to the Supreme Court appointed Varma Committee, the teacher-education institutions seem to be in tatters both qualitatively and financially. The committee has recommended that the institutional capacity of teacher-education institutions be enhanced on priority basis.
My interaction with some teacher preparation institutions and association with refresher courses for teacher-educators informs that they are not professionally managed. There is a need to organize special courses and summer institutes for teacher-educators. Also, there is a need to organize school-attachment programmes for the teacher-educators.
Another malady of educational research is that hardly any research is done on the issues related to teacher-education. It has also been seen that the teacher educators hardly read any new books and hardly remain in touch with latest research in education and pedagogy.
Thus, there is a need to revamp the teacher-education system - both in terms of methodology of teacher preparation and institutional management!