CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: A PANACEA FOR TEACHERS
An important strategy to guide the country towards becoming a fully developed economy is the development of its human resource. Universal access to quality education is a stepping stone towards human resource development. To realising this goal, the Indian government has been spending billion of rupees on education. The role of teachers in this context can not be overlooked. As schools continue to change and educational reforms continue to dominate the education scene, teachers are expected to develop themselves, update their knowledge and skills, and remain current. Continuous Professional Development (CPD) helps to facilitate learning and development among educators, specifically to learn to cope with new and changing roles and new approaches to teaching. It enhances teachers’ capabilities and competencies and enables them to keep abreast of current issues, and helps them implement innovations and refine practices. This paper traces the meaning, principles and importance of Continuous Professional Development in harnessing skills and broadening the knowledge of teachers.
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