Well, draw a comparison with what we have:
- Contract Teachers - Have a taste of what life as a teacher is like before they join the teacher training programme
- NIE Trainees - Are posted to schools - to observe how classes are run (or how pupils are like), and subsequently sent to schools for Practicum... under the supervision of the cooperative teachers and supervisor from NIE
So... what's new? I wonder...
But it's the effectiveness, I question... Are all who have gone through the structured programme or system turn out to be effective teachers? Do all of them really cope well when they are formally appointed as teachers, going into classes on their own?
If not... why not? Individual's readiness (and attitudes)? or the Quality of the training/supervision during the practicum?
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