Teachers’ professional development is a learning process aimed at improving their skills and knowledge. The objective is to make teachers more effective and productive. In Bangladesh, this process takes place through various interventions and learning opportunities. There are numerous ways to support teachers in their professional development, including through formal teacher education, informal mentorship, and peer mentoring. These strategies are used to build teachers’ confidence and competence.
The role of teachers is vital to the quality of education. This means that they must be trained and equipped to design and implement curriculums. In addition, teaching is a very demanding occupation and teachers should be given support and feedback on a regular basis. They should also have access to helpful resources and be able to seek professional development opportunities when needed. This way, teachers will be more satisfied with their job, thereby fostering a positive culture and reducing turnover in their workplaces.
One important feature of teachers’ professional development is that teachers are constantly learning and can improve their skills and knowledge with extended discussions with colleagues. The Bangladesh government has provided teachers with the means to enhance their professional skills and knowledge, including subject-based training, lesson study process, and sub-cluster training. However, the process of training teachers is not always well planned, as Mullick et al. (2008) noted.
EiA’s English in Action project seeks to improve English teachers’ professional development in Bangladesh by providing them with the opportunity to improve their language and teaching skills. The project includes peer-support, peer-mentoring, and online learning resources. The project is also focused on using mobile technology for teacher development, which helps to enhance the language and pedagogical skills of teachers.
The IDEAL program aims to improve the quality of primary education and the school environment. It also encourages parents and community members to become involved in their children’s education. The program trained about 13,000 teachers in 1996 and aims to train 32,000 teachers in 1998. The objective is to help improve the education of all children in Bangladesh.
The findings of the AUEO-2 revealed that teachers’ professional development is an ongoing process and that teachers must consider what they are teaching in order to improve it. In this case, it is essential to create a culture of collaboration and mutual support among teachers to improve their teaching skills.
Goals of Quality Learning for All Program
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) emphasize the importance of quality learning for all children. By 2030, all children must have free education with relevant learning outcomes. The indicators on this goal are not yet available for Bangladesh, but the global target for this goal is 4 by 2030. Indicators on this goal include access to basic infrastructure, learning materials, drinking water, sanitation, and hand washing facilities.
Currently, only a fraction of Bangladesh’s children are eligible for primary education. Primary education provides children with the foundation for future growth and development. It also enables children to become well-rounded, skilled human resources. Primary education also helps eradicate poverty, illiteracy, and backwardness. It is essential for a prosperous Bangladesh.
While enrolment rates and public expenditure on education have increased in recent decades, educationists have repeatedly called for government attention to the quality of education. Highlighting pass rates and GPA-5 scores may cause more pressure on students, whereas focusing on quality education can help ensure students have better chances of success.
The Bangladesh government has placed a lot of importance on quality learning for all, and has recently published a report on its achievements. While the report focuses on education in Bangladesh’s public universities, it also discusses the difficulties faced in rural education. There are many issues in rural areas with access to higher education, including teacher training, access to books, journals, and research facilities.
The study has several limitations. One major weakness is the lack of data from science teachers and other stakeholders. In addition, the study was limited in time, so the outcomes may differ if the program had lasted for a longer time period. Additionally, it is unclear whether GPS School will be a success in Bangladesh.
Rangpur Cadet College is located in a suburban area five kilometers south of the city center. Its campus is surrounded by long trees and features a canal. The college follows the National Curriculum and Textbook Board curriculum. It teaches subjects from the Humanities and Sciences groups. Commerce office subjects are not taught in this cadet college.
Quality learning is an ongoing process. It should be accompanied by improvements in teaching practices. The goal should not only be to ensure that all children get quality education but also to ensure that all children have equal access to quality education.