SCERTAP APSCERT State Council for Education Research and Training, Andhra Pradesh

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State Council for Education Research and Training, Andhra Pradesh

The State Council for Education Research & Training (S.C.E.R.T), Andhra Pradesh was formed in 1967 on the lines of National Council for Education Research & Training, New Delhi and it was the first S.C.E.R.T in the country.
It is an apex body to the Department of School Education, Government of Andhra Pradesh looking after academic matters of School Education viz., designing school curriculum, development of text books, hand books, teacher education curriculum, developing evaluative procedures for various classes from Class I to X, planning and implementing quality inservice teacher trainings and doing functional research activities etc.

The State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT) Andhra Pradesh, was established on 27-07-1967, amalgamating the following institutions:
  1. The State Institute of Education.
  2. The State Bureau of Education and Vocational Guidance.
  3. The State Science Education Unit and
  4. The State Evaluation Unit
Objectives
  1. To Organise in – service training for teacher educators and to teachers of Primary, Upper Primary and Secondary Schools.
  2. To Act as a clearing house for ideas and information to keep the teacher educators and teachers abreast of the latest developments in the field of Education
  3. To Provide academic guidance to the schools through extention services.
  4. To Undertake studies, investigations and surveys relating to educational matters on the appraisal of educational programmes.
  5. To Undertake and co – ordinate action research projects on instructional practices, Educational problems etc.
  6. To Undertake publication of books, periodicals and other literature necessary for furtherance of knowledge for teachers.
  7. To Undertake evaluation and research studies to find out the impact of educational programmes in the state.
Functions
  1. Based on its objectives as the academic wing of the Department of School Education. The following are the functions of SCERT.
  2. Preparation of curricula, syllabi, instructional material for Primary, Upper Primary, Secondary and alternative systems of education.
  3. Department of evaluation procedures and material which are helpful to the practicing teachers.
  4. Bridging gaps between the methods and techniques advocated in training and the actual classroom practices.
  5. Dissemination of knowledge to improved methods and techniques to be followed by educational institutions.
  6. Co-ordination with national and international organisations in academic programmes.
  7. Organisation of orientation programmes for the professional growth of teachers, teacher – education, supervisor’s etc.
  8. Publication of journals, periodicals, books etc. ,
  9. Resource support to implement the academic policies laid down by the Government.
Vide G.O.Ms.No. 20/ School Education (PE-Progs –I) Dept. dated 3-3-2011 orders have been issued relating to the Andhra Pradesh Right of children to Free and Compulsory Education rules 2010. Vide G.O.Ms.No. 130/ School Education (PE-Progs –I) Dept.dated 9-9-2011 certain amendments were made to Andhra Pradesh Right of children to Free and Compulsory Education rules 2010 issued vide reference 1st cited and accordingly notification was issued. (RTE Rules)                          
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Vide G. O. Ms. No. 41/School Education (PE)-Programme – I (Dept.) dated 30-7-2010 the Government of Andhra Pradesh notified the SCERT as academic authority for School Education under section 29 (1) of the Right of the children to Free and Compulsory Act – 2009 for the curriculum and the evaluation procedures for Elementary Education.
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The SCERT while laying down the curriculum and evaluation procedures shall take into consideration the following:

  • Conformity with the values enshrined in the Constitution.
  • All round development of the child.
  • Building up child’s knowledge, potentiality and talent.
  • Development of physical and mental abilities to the fullest extent.
  • Learning through activities, discovery and exploration in a child friendly and child-centered manner.
  • Medium of instruction shall, as far as practicable, be in child’s Mother tongue.
  • Making the child free of fear, trauma and anxiety and helping the Child to express views freely.
  • Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation of child understanding and knowledge and his / her ability to apply the same.

Government further directed the SCERT as academic shall perform various academic activities as per the section 29 – (1) of RTE Act. Following are the proposed academic activities to be taken up by the SCERT.


  • To lay down curriculum and assessment procedures for the implementation of RTE Act – 2009.
  • To formulate relevant class appropriate syllabus from class I to VIII, Study Materials and other Learning Materials.
  • Development of Specially designed age appropriate learning material (Bridge course material) for the dropout / never enrolled, children enrolled in the age specific grades.
  • To develop in-service training design.
  • Developing Frame work and guidelines on the implementation of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation, pupil cumulative record for every child which will be basis for awarding elementary education completion certificate, Development of Grade specific, subject specific, expected attainment targets in terms of competencies. This includes curricular subjects and co-curricular activities like Music, Dance, Painting, Art, Child Literature, Sports and Games, Work Experience, Computer Education in accordance with section 30 of the act.
  • Developing curricular material for children learning through activities, discovery, and exploration in a child friendly and child centered manner.
  • Developing guidelines and material on ban of corporal punishment and implementation of positive discipline.
  • Preparation of school Development plan and guidelines for its implementation.
  • Workout teacher attainment levels – standards for professional practice and teacher preparation (Academic Standards).
  • Development of guidelines and source books for teachers on appropriate pedagogical procedures to promote learning through activities, discovery and exploration in a child friendly and child centered manner and development of physical and mental abilities to the fullest extent among all children.

Accordingly SCERT has developed appropriate guidelines and material for the implementation of curriculum as per section – 29 (1) as given here under.
  • Development of State Curriculum Frame Work – 2011 and along with 18 position papers in various curricular areas and social concerns. The syllabus from class I to X have been revised and developed academic standards for all subjects across grades. Accordingly the textbooks are being revised in a phased manner for children learning through activities, discovery, and exploration in a child friendly and child centered manner.
  • Development of Specially designed age appropriate learning material (Bridge course material) for the dropout / never enrolled, children enrolled in the age specific grades. The special training material developed is for classes I-VII for all subjects along with teacher handbook for the volunteers / teachers of special training centres. The CDs of the material have been furnished to SPD for taking up of printing and providing to the special training centres. The SCERT designed training programme to the district teams for orientation of the volunteers of special training centres and oriented them.
  • Developed in-service training design with appropriate teacher handbooks on New Textbooks, Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation and oriented the District Key Resource Persons. Detailed guidelines have been issued for the conduct of teacher trainings at district and mandal level through SSA.
  • Developing Frame work and guidelines on the implementation of Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation, pupil cumulative record for every child which will be basis for the awarding completion certificate, Development of Grade specific, subject specific, expected attainment targets in terms of competencies. This includes curricular subjects and co-curricular activities like Music, Dance, Painting, Art, Child Literature, Sports and Games, Work Experience, Computer Education in accordance with section 30 of the Act.
  • Developing curricular material for children learning through activities, discovery, and exploration in a child friendly and child centered manner.
  • Developing guidelines and material on ban of corporal punishment and implementation of positive discipline.
  • Preparation of School Development Plan and guidelines for its implementation.
  • Teacher attainment levels – standards for professional practice and teacher preparation (Academic Standards) are being developed.
  • Development of guidelines and source books for teachers on appropriate pedagogical procedures to promote learning through activities, discovery and exploration in a child friendly and child centered manner and development of physical and mental abilities to the fullest extent among all children.
System level accountability towards teachers performance and quality classroom process, children performance
State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT)
  • SCERT shall focus on Curriculum implementation and observe the trends in the teachers professional practice and functional aspects of schools and headmasters and design appropriate strategies to improve the situation.
  • Design appropriate courses in various curricular areas for the professional development of teachers.
  • Monitor the functional aspects and professional practices of teacher education institutes.
  • Design quality in-service teacher training programmes to ensure quality classroom processes and take up appropriate impact studies and evaluations.
  • Build subject specific forums and take up capacity building of these forums on a continuous basis.
  • Undertaking Research Studies and programme evaluation on various initiatives being implemented in the field.
  • Publications ad material development on current trends and contemporary issues and practices and disseminate to the field.

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