Privatisation of secondary teacher education programme in West Bengal
Privatization of teacher education has been a natural outcome of several policy changes such as liberalization, globalization, and privatization. The West Bengal state has significant role in teacher education sector with increased public investment to ensure access, equity and quality in education with community involvement. The objective of the study was to find out the availability of infrastructural facilities in private secondary teacher education institutions located in and around Malda region of West Bengal. The justification behind considering such objective was that there are a large number of private secondary teacher education institutions offering B.Ed. programme dates a back in order to ful fill the training criteria of prospective teachers. The National council for Teacher Education (NCTE) norms talks that adequate infrastructure is required for running all the training programme in general and B.Ed. training programme in particular. Descriptive survey method has been adopted in this study. Five (05) private secondary training institutions selected purposively. Check list was used as a tool for data collection. It was found that most of the institutions have required number of rooms. So far study of library is concerned, most of the libraries do not have prescribed number of text books, reference books, educational journals, encyclopedia, electronic publication (CD-ROM), online resource and not sufficient space for reading at library. Very few institutions have open space for additional accommodation. Not a single instructions have separate toilet facilities for PWD. It was evident from the study that most of the colleges do not have sufficient laboratory equipments, sufficient ICT facilities with hardware, software including computer, TV, Camera, ICT equipments like ROT(Receive Only Terminal), SIT (Satellite Interlinking Terminal) etc. Most of institutions have furniture but many of them are non functional. All the institutions have suitable access to drinking water but to what extent it is safe is mater of serious question. It was one of the important observations that some institutions have not safeguard against fire hazard. The study implies that a well planned, designed and structured programme may help the private institutions to overcome the barriers and to achieve the prescribed norms of NCTE.