The key to a dynamic implementation of the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP 2020) for schools has rested on the collective effectiveness of teachers forming its anchor wall. It has been thoughtful and essential to include what teachers have in them that they value the most, which KRAs should be integral to the profession and how a teacher’s professional backbone overcomes any other priority.
In order to create a professional spark, the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) embarked on the development of the National Professional Standards for Teachers (NPST). His promissory note which among other things brought us a ray of hope towards the reform of the education system by quoting the lines of the NEP 2020 reads as follows: “A common guiding set of NPST will be developed.
The standards would cover the expectations of the role of the teacher at different levels of expertise or rank and the skills required for that rank. It will also include performance appraisal standards for each grade which would be carried out on a periodic basis. Centuries ago, an Italian philosopher, Niccolo Machiavelli, created a waver when he said, “The promise given was a necessity of the past, the broken word is a necessity of the present.” But the NCTE has proven this maxim wrong.
This means that we have come a long way in our drive to attract talent to make the teaching profession more competitive! Salary increases and promotions will no longer be based on tenure and seniority. Each assessment will slope the curve on core values and ethics and should address constitutional and professional values, commitment to students and the profession, professional understanding of the field, etc.
Thus providing an overview of assignments to student learning, the educational learning base, the curriculum structures that form the Hunchback of Notre Dame, the use and integration of technology, competence and professional practice, including learning plans, course delivery and professional development in the name of growth.
The NPST document provides that teachers at all levels of school education must be passionate, motivated, qualified, professionally gifted, well-equipped and well-supported to avoid any problems as they move forward in their career path. It explains the places of a teacher’s career in about five stages: aspiring teacher (pre-service), graduate or newly qualified teacher (stage 1), competent teacher (stage 2), specialist or advanced teacher (stage 3) and main teacher. (step 4). Notwithstanding the specific instructions, each step must be completed to proceed to the next.