Agartala: In a bid to improve the standard of education in Tripura, the government has approved Rs 24 crore to provide a month-long training to 800 teachers in the state.

Tripura education minister Ratan Lal Nath informed the media in Agartala that the state government has decided to provide laptops to the 800 teachers under ‘Notun Disha’ (new direction), a new project under which the teachers will be provided training.

“Altogether 800 elementary teachers will be selected for this training programme where one of the best NGOs or societies or institutions in India will provide training to these teachers. The training programme has been divided into two segments — 15 days within state and 15 days outside state,” the minister added.

Stressing on the need of getting proper picture of the whole academic scenario, he said, “Laptops will also be distributed among the teachers after their training for maintaining teacher-learning materials. The department will also develop software where each and every student can be evaluated in terms of academics. The evaluation will be done after every three months and another evaluation would be done on yearly basis. This will help the department to get the actual report of classes, students and educational scenario as a whole”.

Briefing about the evaluation of students from Class-III to Class-VIII under ‘Disha’ project, also named as ‘Baseline Survey’, conducted between February 25 and 28 this year, the education minister said that there are 3,20,936 students in these five classes and among them, 3,16,611 students participated in this evaluation and testing programme with an attendance percentage of 98.83%. The left-out students will be covered by the teachers shortly.

He said, “According to survey report, 60% i.e. 51,599 students of Class-V cannot read Bengali language book of Class-II, 46% of students cannot subtract and 81% students don’t know how to divide. Similarly, 36% of students i.e. 54,066 of Class-VIII fail to read Bengali of Class-II and 67% don’t know how to subtract while 5,800 students of Class-VIII can’t recognize ‘11’ in digits”.

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