Role_of_SCERTs_SK_AP

					Reorganization & Restructuring of Teacher Education



           Role of SCERTs



                                                 B.Seshu Kumari
                                Director, SCERT, Andhra Pradesh
          SCERT, Andhra Pradesh
       The State Council of Educational Research and Training
(SCERT), Andhra Pradesh was established on 27-07-1967,
amalgamating the following institutions:

The State Institute of Education
The State Bureau of Education and Vocational Guidance,
The State Science Education Unit

        SCERT is functioning as the academic wing of the
Department of School Education in formulating and implementing
the policies and programmes of the Government in the field of
School Education. The present building of SCERT has been
constructed in 1977.
   Academic and Non-academic posts in SCERT, AP


           No. of posts                  Vacant   % of Vacant
                          Posts filled
           sanctioned                    Posts       posts


Director        1              1           0          0%


Academic       60         29 (regular)    31        51.66%



Non-
               66         28 (regular)    38        57.57%
Academic



   Total       127            58           69
    Functions of S.C.E.R.T

•   Development of Curriculum, Syllabus and Instructional Material for
    Primary, Upper Primary, Secondary and Alternative Systems of School
    Education.
•   Development of Curriculum and Material for Pre-service Teacher
    Education courses viz., Pre Primary Teacher Education course, D.Ed.,
    Pandit courses – Telugu Pandit, Hindi Pandit, Urdu Pandit courses.
•   Development of new evaluation procedures and material for use by
    Schools and Teacher Education institutions.
•   Organization of orientation / in-service programmes for the
    professional growth of Teachers, Teacher Educators and other
    Departmental Personnel
•   Conduct research in education, with focus on School and Teacher
    Education
•   Implementation of Right to Education Act as academic authority at
    State level by discharging all such relevant activities articulated in the
    act.
Functions of S.C.E.R.T … Contd.

•   Monitoring, Supervision and Guidance for effective classroom
    practices. (Bridging gap between methods and techniques
    advocated in training programmes and the actual classroom
    practices)
•   Development of programmes for School and Teacher Education
    adopting latest Educational Technology & ICT (Development of
    Computer Software, Tele mode training through EDUSAT, etc.)
    and dissemination to micro level.
•   Providing Resource support in implementing the academic
    policies and schemes laid down by the Government like AEP,
    Inclusive and Girl child Education , etc..
•   Dissemination of knowledge relating to contemporary
    developments to be adopted by Schools and Teacher Education
    Institutions.
•   Coordination with national and international academic
    organizations relating to School and Teacher Education.
•   Publication of journals, periodicals, books etc.,
Existing structure of SCERT:

 The SCERT is functioning through 11
 departments, each department headed by a
 Professor assisted by lecturers to take up
 various initiatives and assist Government in
 policy formulations along with implementation
 and evaluation.
                                                ORGANOGRAM
                                               Department of School Education

                                                 Minister of School Education

                                         Secretary to Govt. Department of School Education

                                          Commissioner and Director of School Education


                                                        Director, SCERT



       Academic Wings                                                                        Administrative Wings


        11 Departments
1.    Dept. of Educational Foundation
2.    Dept. of curriculum & Text Books                                                          Administrative officer
3.    Dept. Maths & Science
4.    Dept. of IED                                                                                  Section A
5.    Dept. of Evaluation                                                                           Section B
6.    Dept. Population Education                                                                    Section C
7.    Dept. of UNICEF                                                                               Section D
8.    Dept. AV Education
9.    Dept. of Educational Statistics                                                        (Each Section headed by a
10. Dept. of vocational Education                                                             superintendent and supporting
11. Dept. of computer Education                                                                           staff)
(Each Dept. headed by a Professor and
      assisted by Lecturers)
                                              ORGANOGRAM
                                            Department of School Education

                    Minister of School Education                                    Minister of School Education

       Secretary to Govt. Primary Education
                                                                             Secretary to Govt. Secondary Education

                                                        Commissioner and Director of School Education

                                                     Director, SCERT, AP



       Academic Wings                                                                          Administrative Wings


        11 Departments
1.    Dept. of Educational Foundation
2.    Dept. of curriculum & Text Books                                                            Administrative officer
3.    Dept. Maths & Science
4.    Dept. of IED                                                                                    Section A
5.    Dept. of Evaluation                                                                             Section B
6.    Dept. Population Education                                                                      Section C
7.    Dept. of UNICEF                                                                                 Section D
8.    Dept. AV Education
9.    Dept. of Educational Statistics                                                          (Each Section headed by a
10. Dept. of vocational Education                                                               superintendent and supporting
11. Dept. of computer Education                                                                             staff)
(Each Dept. headed by a Professor and
      assisted by Lecturers)
                     Proposed Structure of SCERT - ORGANOGRAM
                                              Director, SCERT

                                                    Dean



       Academic Wings                                                                   Administrative Wings




Academic Divisions                                                     Technical Wing




Division-I   Division-II   Division-III   Division-IV   Division-V   Division-VI
             Details of proposed Divisions
Sl.No                   Name of the Division / Department                      Faculty members

 1      Division of Teacher Education & Foundation
               (Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology)
        1. Pre-service Education                                            Professor & Head (1)
               DIETS (Govt. & Private)                                      Associate Professor (5)
               CTEs / IASEs (Govt.)                                         Assistant Professor (5)
        2. In-service Education


 2.     Division of Curriculum & Material Development                       Professor & Head (1)

        1.   Dept. of Maths & Science Education                             Associate Professor (2)
                                                                            Assistant Professor (2)

                                                                            Associate Professor (1)
        2.   Dept. of Social Sciences & Humanities                          Assistant Professor (1)

        3.   Dept. of Language Education (Indian Languages & English)       Associate Professor (1)
                                                                            Assistant Professor (2)

                                                                            Associate Professor (1)
        4.   Dept. of Art Education
                                                                            Assistant Professor (2)

        5.   Dept. of Art Education, Work Education, Physical & Health      Associate Professor (1)
             Education and Vocational Education                             Assistant Professor (1)

        6.   Dept. of Programme Monitoring, Evaluation                      Associate Professor (2)
                                                                            Assistant Professor (2)
Sl.No                Name of the Department                        Faculty members

 3.     Division of Technological Services (ICT)            Associate Professor (2)
        1. Dept. of Computer Education                      Assistant Professor (2)
        2. Dept. of Educational Technology                  Computer Programmers (2)

 4.     Division of Special Needs and Social Justice        Professor & Head (1)

        1.   Dept. of Inclusive Education                   Associate Professor (1)
                                                            Assistant Professor (1)
        2.   Dept. of Population Education & Urban          Associate Professor (1)
             studies                                        Assistant Professor (1)

        3.   Dept. of Focused Group Education (SC/ST),      Associate Professor (1)
             Girl Child Education and ECE                   Assistant Professor (1)

 5.     Division of Educational Surveys, Research &         Professor & Head (1)
        Policy Perspective                                  Associate Professor (1)
                                                            Assistant Professor (2)
 6.     Division of Library and Documentation               Librarian (1)
                                                            Assistant Librarian (1)
                                                            Assistants (2)

 7.     Technical Staff for different departments           Computer Assistants (1)
                                                            Assistants (2)
                                                            Laboratory Assistants(2)
                Name of the
Sl.No                                                      Faculty members
                 Department
   9.     Administrative Section           Administrative officer (1)
                                           Accountant (1)
                                           Superintendent (4)
                                           Senior Assistant (6)
                                           Junior Assistant (12)
                                           Data Entry Operator (8)
                                           Record Assistant (8)
                                           Xerox & Roneo operator (2)
                                           Office subordinate (10)
                                           Security & Night Watch (outsourcing– 3
                                            shifts)
                                          Campus Sanitation & Maintenance –
                                            Sweepers, Scavenger etc (outsourcing)
                                         Hostel
                                          Hostel Warden / In charge (1)
                                          Care Taker (2)
                                          Maintenance (outsourcing)
                                          Mess (outsourcing)



Note: The existing post of Professor in SCERT is equivalent to Associate Professor/Readers
      of Universities. In the proposed structure Professor, SCERT shall be of the cadre of Professor
      of Universities / Joint Director, Department of School Education.
                 Status of Elementary Teacher Education Institutions
                             Andhra Pradesh - 2010-2011




                              Government                Private            Universities              Total

             Type of
             Teacher
Sl. No.
            Education
           Institutions      No. of     Intake     No. of     Intake     No. of     Intake     No. of     Intake
                          Institutions capacity Institutions capacity Institutions capacity Institutions capacity




 1.       Elementary
                              23       3000       210         10500       0           0        233           13500
          Level (D.Ed.)
                   Status of Secondary Teacher Education Institutions
                              Andhra Pradesh - 2010-2011




                              Government                Private            Universities              Total

             Type of
             Teacher
Sl. No.
            Education
           Institutions      No. of     Intake     No. of     Intake     No. of     Intake     No. of     Intake
                          Institutions capacity Institutions capacity Institutions capacity Institutions capacity




  1.      Secondary
                              7        1014       597        63684        6         698        610           65396
          Level - B.Ed
              Status of Language Pandit Teacher Education Institutions
                            Andhra Pradesh - 2010-2011



                              Government              Private              Universities             Total

             Type of
             Teacher
Sl. No.
            Education
           Institutions      No. of     Intake     No. of     Intake     No. of     Intake     No. of     Intake
                          Institutions capacity Institutions capacity Institutions capacity Institutions capacity




  1.      Telugu
                                   5       250         52       2600           1          50        58       2900
          Pandit


  2.      Hindi Pandit             3       300         47       2350           0          0         50       2650



  3.      Urdu Pandit              1        50          1         50           0          0          2        100
                               Status of Teacher Education Institutions in AP

Sl. No.   Type of               Government                    Private                    Universities                 Total
          Teacher
          Education          No. of       Intake       No. of       Intake         No. of         Intake       No. of       Intake
          Institutions    Institutions   capacity   Institutions   capacity     Institutions     capacity   Institutions   capacity
      1   Pre-Primary          0            0            1               75          0                  0        1             75

      2   Elementary          23          3000          210             10500        0                  0       233           13500
          Level (D.Ed.)

      4   Secondary            7          1014          597             63684        6             698          610           65396
          Level - B.Ed
      5   PG Level -           3           83            3               62          5             125          11             270
          M.Ed
      6   Telugu Pandit        5           250          52              2600         1              50          58            2900

      7   Hindi Pandit         3           300          47              2350         0                  0       50            2650

      8   Urdu Pandit          1           50            1               50          0                  0        2             100

      9   College of           2           255           3               600         0                  0        5             855
          Phy.
          Education –
          B.P.Ed
          Total               44          4952          914             79921       12             873         1002           88756
                         Issues and Concerns

1. Infrastructure – One time grant is provided under CSS for construction of buildings.
   Periodic sanctions for upkeep and maintenance of buildings is not provided
     i.   Staff rooms
     ii. Conference / training halls, furniture, equipment
     iii. Laboratories, equipment
     iv. Computer lab, equipment
     v. AV Education, equipment
     vi. Hostel
     vii. Auditorium
2. Human Resource:
     i.   Policy of government in posting professors, lecturers
     ii. Inter transferability between academic and administrative posts – floating staff
     iii. Vacancies
     iv. Service related issues
     v. Training in ICT & use
3. Reporting to Multiple Heads – lack of autonomy
4. Flow of funds under CSS: the funds under CSS at present are being released to the
   State Government Account. But the heads of account to which the funds are
   released do not match with the components under which budget is released for
   Teacher Education Institutions. Hence, except for salaries all other funds released
   i.e. In-service Programmes, Research, Faculty Development are not being fully or
   effectively utilized.
                  Issues and Concerns ….Contd.

5. Education of Marginalised groups
    i.      Tribal education
    ii.     Focus on Girls Education
    iii.    Out of School children – STC material development, training
6. Capacity building of SCERT faculty
     i.     Text book writing
     ii.    Research
     iii.   Evaluation
7. Training programmes, Courses offered by SCERT
8. Due to establishment of parallel structures through flagship programmes like
   DPEP, SSA, RMSA there is often replication of roles and functions.
     i.     Teacher training
     ii.    Material development
     iii.   Monitoring & supervision
     iv. Research
     v.     Evaluation
              Issues and Concerns ….Contd.

10. Conduct of various tests, examinations and coordination of
    recruitment process – most of the personnel are not available for
    regular SCERT work. However adequate corpus is built for SCERT.
                          Possible Solutions

1. SCERTs are identified as Academic Authority in most states – clear definition of
   Roles, responsibilities, structure of SCERT
     i.   In relation to TEIs (DIETs, CTEs)
     ii. Various schemes and programmes
2. Infrastructure –
     i.   Sanction for construction
     ii. Periodic sanctions for upkeep and maintenance of buildings
3. Human Resource:
     i.   Policy of government in posting professors, Associate Professors,
          Assistant Professors
     ii. Attract professionals through lateral entry
     iii. Tenure
     iv. Incentivizing tenure in TEIs
     v.   Training in ICT & use
     vi. Faculty development program

4. Functional autonomy to SCERT
5. Discouraging parallel TE structures under CSS or State programs
                 Possible Solutions …Contd.

6. Flow of funds under CSS: need to split the salary component and other
   sanctions – release of salary component to State Government and other
   programme fund (Faculty development, Inservice training, research,
   contingencies) to Director ,SCERT as in case of SSA and RMSA
7. Strengthening of Physical infrastructure of Teacher education Institutions :
   need to strengthen them through 100 % funding under CSS

8. Training Need assessment of various functionaries, design and conduct of
    programmes for:
     i. In service teachers, teacher educators
     ii. Educational administrators
9. Linkages with other institutions and universities
10. Offering programmes in partnership with national institutions
11. Strengthen educational research in partnership with universities
12. Evaluation programmes
13. Focus on vocational education
14. Use of ICT
15. Education of Marginalised groups

				
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