New Delhi, October 4: The data released by the National Institute of Open Schooling revealed teachers of private schools need more training to teach students in comparison with government schools. The institute said 9.25 lakh teachers from private schools registered for its service for untrained teachers.

Similarly, 3.5 lakh teachers from government, government-aided schools enrolled for the programme run by the institute. The institute noted three-fourths of applicants for the Diploma in Elementary Education have been from in-service teachers.

It said the highest number of confirmed applicants belonged to Bihar. It remained at the top with 2,85,234 applicants. However, the confirmed number of seats were recorded at 2,47,947. However, Uttar Pradesh far behind in enrolments. 1,95,353 teachers enrolled from Uttar Pradesh.  Madhya Pradesh has 1,91,510 teachers enrolled.

Minister of Human Resources Development Prakash Javadekar had said, the government will train approximately 15 lakh untrained teachers by March 31, 2019. He was quoted by ANI as saying, “Teachers and quality education are the rights of the students. Innovation and best practices will ensure that the best minds are able to innovate in the country and therefore NIOS has taken a step in this direction to get engaged at the grass root level.”

The training facility was available only for government school teachers only. But the government opened the programme for teachers from private schools too. The institute also prepared the study material in 11 languages to accommodate teachers from non-Hindi speaking states too. The programme is intended towards upgrading the professional competence and Information and Communication-based capacity building for teachers

NIOS provides a number of vocational and community oriented courses besides general and academic Courses at Secondary and Senior Secondary level.