Primary school teachers : the twists and turns of everyday practice

Ramachandran, Vimala and Bhattacharjea, Suman and Sheshagiri, K M (2008) Primary school teachers : the twists and turns of everyday practice. Technical Report. Educational Resource Unit, New Delhi.

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Abstract

Most debates and discussions on India’s growth story or poverty levels or increasing social strife invariably veer around to education: the lack of it, its relevance in today’s world, its quality and content and the state of our schools. As the debate gathers momentum a blame game begins. Some blame the government machinery; others point a finger at the corruption of institutions or the politicisation of content (curriculum). All analyses, however, agree on one factor—the importance of teachers. We bemoan the quality and dedication of the teaching community and in the same breath admit that the teacher in India is but a cog in a hierarchical administration, a powerless pawn in an intricate game of electoral politics. This ambivalence is not new, but what is new is the hopelessness that permeates the discourse across the country. At one level we pin our hopes on education; simultaneously, we grudgingly admit that nothing short of a systemic overhaul will do.

Item Type: Monograph (Technical Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Teacher, School teacher, academic standard, educational administration,
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Social sciences > Education > Public policy issues in education
Divisions: Foundation Publications
Depositing User: Mr. Sachin Tirlapur
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2018 09:08
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2018 09:08
URI: http://publications.azimpremjifoundation.org/id/eprint/413
Publisher URL: Not available

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