More teacher training needed to head off shortage, report finds

Writer: 
Myo Min Htet
An instructor training course for the extracurricular primary-level education level.
The country requires more than 6,500 high school teachers between now and next March, along with over
21,000 middle school teachers and more than 35,000 primary school teachers, according to a report by the National Education Policy Commission in its second report (covering April to October) submitted to the Union Parliament.
The report pointed said that teacher-training programs at universities and colleges were unable to sufficiently fill the vacant seats in basic-education schools. The Education Ministry needed to seek ways to solve that problem, said the report.
The nation will have 6,507 high school teachers, 21,202 middle school teachers and 35,750 primary teachers until March, the report says.
In June, 2016, the Education Ministry appointed 35,000 “daily-wage” primary teachers.
The ministry also opened on-the-job-training courses and correspondence courses to help rapidly increase the number of qualified teachers with teaching certificates. But the ministry has faced difficulties such as the short period of time and the large number of enrolled teacher trainees.
The commission suggested that the extension of education-focussed universities could help the ministry produce qualified teachers and fill vacant seats.