The Council For the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has decided to extend the National Initiative for School Heads' and Teachers' Holistic Advancement (NISHTHA) online programme at the secondary level for the 2021-22 academic year.
NISHTHA is an integrated programme under the Centrally sponsored scheme of Samagra Shiksha — a flagship programme of the Ministry of Education, Government of India.
It aims at building competencies among the teachers and school principals. In a circular, CISCE said that the basic objective of the massive training programme is to motivate and equip teachers to encourage and foster critical thinking among the students. Moreover, NISHTHA integrated training covers all the recommended areas of National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and aims at holistic development of teachers and school heads in a time bound manner.
It is pertinent to mention here that NISHTHA online programme at the elementary level (Classes 1-VIII) was implemented for teachers and school heads during 2019-21.
A large number of teachers from Classes 1-VIII of CISCE affiliated schools had participated in this programme.
“Now, with implementation of the vision of NEP-2020, this Programme is being extended to the Secondary Level during the year 2021-22. The NISHTHA Online Courses at the Secondary level will be rolled out in all CISCE affiliated schools,” said CISCE in its latest circular.
NISHTHA Secondary encompasses 12 courses of generic concern and 7 courses covering pedagogical concerns in seven subject areas - Science, Mathematics, Social Sciences and Languages — English, Hindi, Urdu and Sanskrit.
Each generic course requires a minimum 3-4 hours of engagement while the pedagogy courses are of 24-25 hours duration, with flexibility for participants to complete the course in a self-paced manner within the given timeline (before the batch end date).
Each course will include learning resources such as, videos (introductory, conceptual and demonstration), text, interactive activities. reflective and practice activities, self-assessment quiz, external links. reference materials, etc. Each teacher at the Secondary level and the school head will be expected to complete around 12 courses of generic concerns and one pedagogy course, as per their subject.
At the end of each course, there will be an online objective course assessment. All participants who achieve 70% in the assessment will receive the Course Certificate, the circular added.