Contest for teachers in December

Teachers, who are traditionally bestowed with the role of motivators, can sometimes do with some motivation themselves.

By Alipta Jena in Guwahati
  • Published 29.06.18
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Guwahati: Teachers, who are traditionally bestowed with the role of motivators, can sometimes do with some motivation themselves.

This is what the CENTA Teaching Professionals' Olympiad, a national-level competition for teachers in the country, has been aiming to achieve since 2015.

Teachers from 31 states and Union Territories across India will participate in this year's edition, scheduled for December 8 across 45 cities in India, including Guwahati, and at two international centres in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

The competition, which is in a multiple-choice test format, promises cash prizes, professional development opportunities and national reco-gnition to the participants.

Last year, there were 18 winners, of whom five were from the Northeast, securing a national top 500 rank.

The 2017 TPO regional topper for the Northeast, Mitra Som Saha, secured a top 100 rank in three subjects.

"I feel that this recognition is going to provide me with a powerful and effective tool for assessing the professional competence of the teachers. A laudable performance in this Olympiad can be treated as a benchmark for deciding incentives and rewards for the deserving teachers," said Som Saha, the principal of St Vivekanand English Academy, Guwahati.

The other winners were from Delhi Public School in Duliajan town, Modern English School in Guwahati, Howajan Higher Secondary School in Lakhimpur, Fatima Convent School in Rangia, Delhi Public School in Guwahati, Braintree International School in Bongaigaon and Chapar Girls High School in Chapar and in Abhayapuri.

As a TPO subject topper, Som Saha attended the Global Education and Skills Forum, the world's biggest education conference in Dubai. "The forum gift-wrapped a lifetime of learning in two full days. Interactions up and close with world leaders like Al Gore, Nicolas Sarkozy, Tony Blair...were like those compact learning modules that enriched one with knowledge and prescience about what more needs to be done as educators that can make the world a better place," she said.

The competition this year will be held in 20 subject tracks across the primary, middle, secondary and senior secondary school levels.

Registrations are open at www.centa.org. Registrations before Saturday has a special early bird fee of Rs 500 per subject track, inclusive of GST.