The online training sessions imparted to the Karnataka state government teachers have introduced in the new training modules the COVID-19 pandemic as a subject. In India, as many as 1,52,733 government schools have initiated the training for primary section teaching faculty. Under the National Initiative for School Heads’ Teachers’ Holistic Advancement (NISHTA), the teachers are being trained about hygiene, favourable learning environment, health and school safety protocols which also include the norms of social distancing.
The schedule framed by NISHTA, a Government of India initiative, emphasises training on hygiene and safety to be followed across all the schools. By the end of the training session scheduled in January 2021, teachers will be trained on the pandemic and how to deal with the innumerable challenges in education.
On successfully completing the training, teachers will be conferred with a certificate of merit by the Government of Karnataka. In 2020, the state government has skipped on the annual teachers’ training programming following COVID-19. The training has been replaced with the virtual training program by NISHTA.
Among other important areas, the revised module for training also has dedicated space to gender sensitivity, ICT-based education, inculcating leadership qualities within students, school-based assessment, child rights and POSCO.