- Directorate of Elementary Education (DEE)
- Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Anaivarukkum Kalvi Thittam) (SSA)
- Directorate of School Education (DSE)
- Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA)
- Directorate of Matriculation Schools (DMS)
- State Council for Education, Research and Training (SCERT)
- Directorate of Non-Formal & Adult Education (DNFAE)
- Directorate of Government Examination (DGE)
- Teacher Recruitment Board (TRB)
- Tamil Nadu Text Book Corporation (TNTBC)
- Directorate of Public Libraries (DPL)
State Council for Education, Research and Training
In the fast changing scenario of advancement of information and communication technology and globalization, the aim of education should reflect the current needs and aspirations of youth as well as the lasting values and human ideals of larger society. The present school education in the State is characterized by rote memory, confinement to text book knowledge and stereotypical examination system. So far, educational assessment has been based on the written examination which evaluate only the reproduction of information and fail to identify the innate potential of all children with respect to real life situation. Such type of assessment had led to the branding of the otherwise brilliant student, if he fails to turn up for the final examination due to any unforeseen reasons, as unfit for further promotion.Realizing the above facts, our Honourable CM has come out with the impeccable idea of introducing CCE by which such injustice would be eliminated. In addition to this, our Honourable CM has laid a corner stone in the history of education of Tamil Nadu through the introduction of the Trimester pattern which paves the way for enjoyable lasting learning sans the physical burden of books.
In order to implement both the visionary schemes and to give a fillip to the entire school education in the State, it is felt that an apex body is imperative. Having this in view, our Honourable CM has upgraded Directorate of Teacher Education, Research and Training to “State Council for Education, Research and Training” that has provided ample scope to extend the expertise to cater to the needs of students and teachers in terms of quality education right from Pre-School to Higher Secondary as well as quality pre-service and in-service teacher training programmes. Undoubtedly, our Honourable CM's vision will certainly bring about a sea change in the educational system of Tamil Nadu on par with international standards.
Quality of Teacher Education determines the quality of teachers. From 1989, DTERT has been working on training teachers and improving the quality of teaching. Now, it has been upgraded as State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) from 26.03.2012.
State Council for Educational Research and Training (SCERT) is an apex body, responsible for quality education in the State. It is headed by a senior Director, assisted by four Joint Directors and twenty one Assistant Professors and forty seven members of administrative staff. It has also a State of art Educational Television Studio (ETV Studio). State Institute of Educational Management and Training (SIEMAT) is also managed by State Council for Education, Research and Training.Under its control, there are 30 District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs), 9 Government Teacher Training Institutes with 722 members of teaching faculty and 508 non-teaching staff. SCERT effectively monitors and supervises 43 Aided, and 680 Self-Financing Teacher Training Institutes. In all, there are 762 Institutes offering two year Diploma in Elementary Education (DElEd) Programme with annual intake capacity of 49,000.