21st-century education underscores the crucial need to prioritise teacher training, particularly in STEM education. Training teachers in STEM education attests that investing in educators is an investment in the foundation of society, as they shape the minds steering the nation's trajectory. Training teachers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics aligns with the evolving need for enhanced teaching in schools, the job market and the technological landscape.
In a recent article, NR Narayana Murthy, an Indian IT industry veteran and co-founder of Infosys, called for a $1 billion annual investment in teacher training in India. He stated that the investment would be used to provide comprehensive STEM training to school teachers, emphasising that investing in them is an investment in the future of India. While being met with some criticism, he stood firm in his belief that the benefits would outweigh the costs.
The 'Professional Development' clauses by educational reforms like the NEP 2020 also emphasise the transformative power of teacher training, aiming to enhance educators' critical thinking, experimentation and problem-solving skills. The overarching goal is to create a learning environment that helps teachers impart knowledge and nurtures essential skills for future challenges.
Source: Economic Times