CHENNAI: The School Education Department has implemented Cluster Resource Centres (CRCs) for in-service government and government-aided teachers to upgrade their teaching and soft skills while also brainstorming ideas.
Though the programme is viewed as a crucial and able one to improve teaching quality, faculties allege that lack of coordination and planning is gradually becoming a roadblock to the initiative.
Interestingly, unlike the previous years, the programme for the academic year 2022-23 has also included teachers of higher secondary schools to take part in CRC across the State.
Speaking to DT Next, a government teacher at Chengalpattu district said, "CRC has been conducted for several years, and is also effective to a large extent. However, the recent lack of coordination and administrative overload on those responsible to conduct CRC is becoming a problem.”
“Teachers are asked to gather at one school, from across the district. And there is no proper sanitation, drinking or ventilation facilities at the designated schools. The interesting initiative is turning into a protocol rather than a learning one, ”added the government teacher.
Meanwhile, education department sources also added that about a few years ago, 13 schools were clubbed at one CRC centre. But, now most districts do not adhere to this system, forcing teachers to travel long hours to attend CRC. “With most women teachers at the education department we at least expect proper sanitation facilities in schools after a long commute to attend CRC," added the teacher.
The education department has introduced CRC this year for teachers to learn technology, effective use of smart classes and employ innovative methods to handle classes. “While the department is keen on improving all such factors, it fails flat on implementation and coordination in the long run,” said a Chennai government school teacher.
Subsequently, the teachers also added that though the feedback after every CRC meeting is noted down, the queries are not rectified. Hence calling for monitoring from the education department.
Though the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) is said to have appointed officials to monitor, CRC participants claim they have not been informed of any such monitoring.
“Monitoring is the key for such programmes to run successfully. If the involvement of every teacher is required, a quick appointment of monitoring officials is necessary. Also, it is imperative that none of the teachers, including higher secondary students, are exempted from CRC,” urged a Chennai government school teacher.