Incredible children and their flying minds {Education}

Context

This article discusses improvement in quality of education in government schools in Delhi

In news

54 pilot schools in Delhi are changing perception towards schools run by the government.

It’s called Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya and is one of the 54 pilot schools in which Rs 5 to 10 crore have been invested by the Delhi Government

Functioning of school

  • The education policy of the Delhi Government has addressed the very crucial aspect of teachers being re-educated and motivated and then mentored by select teachers.
  • Till Class VI in Delhi, children go to schools run by the municipal corporation, after which the schools are the responsibility of the Delhi Government.
  • What is also being done at that stage is that children of the same class are being dealt with differently, depending on their reading abilities.

The last two years have been transformative for the 1,000 children– some of them come from backgrounds where both parents work as labour.

Fact

In 2017, 372 children from government schools in Delhi made it to the IIT mains entrance exam, a seven-fold increase from last year.

General issues with Government schools in India

  1. lack of facilities and budget
  2. unavailability of quality teachers
  3. poor quality of educational content
  4. very low teacher to student ratios
  5. focus on rote learning

Each of these needs to be addressed in order to make the improve the education system.

One way to address the unavailability of quality teachers is by supporting them with infrastructure that allows teachers to effectively address a larger classroom.

Standardization of educational content helps remove the dependency on the teacher to some extent as well.

Finally, the focus needs to shift from learning by repetition to learning by learning by understanding.

Solution tried in Maharashtra

E-Class, is an attempt to tackle these issues in a manner that does not overstretch the already thin resources, budget and facilities available to government schools.

  1. The digital learning systems are implemented in hundreds of schools around Maharashtra to allow teachers to reach a larger student base.
  2. A vast library of high quality digital educational content for English, Marathi, Hindi and Urdu mediums to support teachers, and make sure that students across schools have access to the same standard of educational material.
  3. The issue of rote learning can be overcome by giving access to this content to children at home, so they can go through and understand the lessons on their own first, and classroom time is spent on problem-solving and discussion – this helps subjects be understood in a deeper manner.

Source: The Tribune

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