Press Release – Thane Ashram School Teachers Embrace Tech: Pilot Training Project helps Teachers’ Scores Improve by 27%

 A remarkable 8 pointrise in the Average Post Assessment Score indicates the success of the programme as teachers gain academically through relevant courses

 95% of teachers surveyed were graduates and nearly 79%teachers had more than 5 years’ experience, stressing on the need to introduce a refreshed teaching approach; The survey also highlighted the need for digital infrastructure with 65% of teachers seeking exposure to technology and ICT

Thane (Mumbai Metropolitan Region), October 09, 2020: An integrated pilot project for training school teachers was conducted recently by Eduspark International Pvt. Limited, a school management company owned byAmpersand Group, across Ashram schools in Thane, Maharashtra.

The objective of the program was to provide sustainable quality training for capacity building of teachers and continuous professional development through technology enabled solution. The office of Additional Commissioner, Thane Division, Tribal Development Department, Government of Maharashtra selected a heterogeneous mix of28 experienced and new Primary, Secondary and Higher Secondary teachers from neighboring Ashram Schools situated in Themba, Susarwadi, Shenva, Madh, Dahagaon, Ambivali and many small villages around Thane to participate in the programme.The duration of the programme was 60 hours and was delivered in Marathi language. Each course was divided into modules for better and effective understanding of the subject.

Before the onset of the programme, a survey was conducted across 10 schools withnearly 60 teachers and 10 principals to assess the challenges faced by the teachers anddevise solutions to create a training curriculum for the teachers. Atraining programme including six courses and six modules was designed including21st century approaches to learning, pedagogy & evaluation, Fundamentals of child development, spectrum of special needs, basics in safety practices in school, basics in health and nutrition and professional skills.The objective was to improve the pedagogical skills with relevant subjects through technology. Adetailed pre and post assessment was conducted and the average score amongst the teachers was compared. In the post assessment teachers’ score improved to an average of 24/30 as compared to 16/30 in the pre-assessment.

Mr. Rustom Kerawalla, Chairman, Ampersand Group said, “It is well known that the quality and extent of learner achievement are determined primarily by teacher competence, sensitivity and teacher motivation. The objective of the program was to provide sustainable quality solution for the capacity building of teachers based on their needs and their continuous professional development through technology enabled solution.The training will help teachers from the tribal dominated areas to upskill themselves with modern methods of teaching and help them address the needs of the students in a scientific manner.”

The school teachers noted that the online teacher training platform has been a game-changer as most of the concepts taught during the formative years as a teacher are revisited in the courses. The training has certainly empowered themto create rote learning free classrooms and compelled themto think out of the box.

With an aim to adopt new methods of teaching that complement the traditional ones,Additional Commissioner, Tribal Development Department, led the implementation of the project in Thane. The blended training has been beneficial and relevant to the teachers with NCERT too encouraging teachers to undergo training online.

Survey Insights:

  1. Very high comfort with Internet & Devices
  2. 65% of the teachers want to learn and embrace new technologies
  3. Very high discontent with current in-service physical classroom training- travel, not engaging relevance
  4. 50% of the teachers want to learn new methods of teaching & evaluation
  5. Child psychology was a big need
  6. Low awareness on health and safety needs
  7. Low awareness on handling of children with special needs
  8.  Support required on subjects like Mathematics and English
  9.  Support required on Parental Connect since parents are one of the most important stakeholders.

About Ampersand Group:

Ampersand Group is a global leader in providing complete solutions in school operations and end-to-end school management services to private institutions and government-run Public-Private Partnership projects in India and other developing nations across the world. The Ampersand Group was founded in 2004 by Mr. Rustom Kerawalla, a renowned Edupreneur with a vision to transform the educational ecosystem through consistent innovation and use of emerging technologies; to build a modern preschool and K12 education systems, which are equitable and accessible to all. The Group showcases its excellence in the K12 education through its flagship brand – VIBGYOR Group of Schools, a state-of-the-art institution built with a vision of providing high-quality education to young minds for their holistic growth in today’s times. Today, the Ampersand is well poised to achieve its vision to bring transformation to more than 10 million lives through its contribution in both the public and private domains.

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