UNESCO launches ‘State of Education Report for India-2021 – Teachers, Teaching and Teacher Education’ prepared by CETE, TISS

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UNESCO launches ‘State of Education Report for India-2021 – Teachers, Teaching and Teacher Education’ prepared by CETE, TISS


Mumbai, October 5, 2021: On the occasion of International Teachers Day, UNESCO in collaboration with Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE) at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai has launched its ‘State of Education Report for India-2021 – Teachers, Teaching and Teacher Education’ on October 5, 2021. The hybrid event was held in New Delhi and online from 3:30 pm to 5 pm. 

 

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Dignitaries during the launch of the UNESCO State of Education Report for India-2021 in New Delhi on October 5, 2021 | Photo courtesy: UNESCO New Delhi

 

Prepared by the Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and commissioned by UNESCO New Delhi, the report provides comprehensive information on the teaching sector in our country, its achievements, areas of concern, and recommends steps to be taken by policymakers in improving the industry. The report also analyses the effect of Covid-19 on teaching profession, and how teachers’ autonomy and professional conduct enabled them to find local solutions that work. 

 

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Chairperson of Centre of Excellence in Teacher Education (CETE) at Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, Prof. Padma M. Sarangapani speaking during the launch of the UNESCO State of Education Report for India-2021 in New Delhi on October 5, 2021 | Photo courtesy: UNESCO New Delhi

 

Areas of concern include – shortage of teachers in the north-eastern states of India, low provision of school libraries, low usage of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure, profound disparity in the education levels of students in rural and urban areas, lack of programmes to prepare teachers in vocational education, arts and music, etc., shrinking level of admissions in Master of Education (M. Ed.) programme, among others.

The full report is available for download on https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000379115 

Director and Representative for the UNESCO New Delhi Office Eric Falt, Chairperson of CETE at TISS Prof. Padma M. Sarangapani and other renowned dignitaries took part in the event.

Links to published articles: 

Outlook India
https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/india-news-low-wages-no-contract-school-teachers-in-india-caught-in-web-of-neglect/396764


Indian Express
https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/teachers-need-to-be-recognised-as-frontline-workers-7559197/