‘Teaching should be made more interesting to push students to gain more knowledge'
For Rajani Police Patil and Ashwini Patil it was a refreshing experience, learning easy ways to understand English and science lessons unlike the usual drab classes at the Government Girls' High School in Yadgir.
Both Rajani and Ashwini are in the 10th standard at the school in Yadgir town, which is known for its low pass percentage in the SSLC examination. English was anathema to these Kannada-medium students.
But their attitude towards the subject has changed after a three-hour session by Shanta Desai, education expert, who is devoted to improving the quality of education imparted in government schools by conducting special sessions for students and teachers.
Rajani said that earlier she could not understand a word of the poem ‘Work is Worship' by Rabindranath Tagore. But Dr. Desai made it easier for her. She told her and her classmates to adopt simple methods like identifying keywords in the poem and understanding their meanings to understand the poem better.
“This is not a revision of the entire syllabus. Through this session, I'll impart the art of learning the lessons in your textbooks better,” Dr. Desai told the students.
Turning to the teachers, who also participated in large numbers in the session, Dr. Desai said that teaching should be made more effective. Students should yearn to learn more rather than feeling forced to study.
On learning about the very low pass percentage in the SSLC examination in government schools in the Hyderabad Karnataka region, Secretary of the Hyderabad Karnataka Development Board Shalini Rajneesh Goel took the initiative to improve their knowledge of English, science and mathematics. She organised the special classes by Dr. Desai and another education expert, K.M. Desai, who conducted science classes for the students. Dr. Desai's special classes have been a huge success among students. She has held such sessions in Bidar, Raichur, Gangavathi, Yadgir and other centres.