Focus on building character; marks do not define students, principals’ meet told

Teaching children today is fraught with difficulties as they are faced with a variety of challenges, said Vasantha Shetty, headmaster of Sri Vishnumurthy High School, Hiriyadka, Udupi. .

Mr. Shetty, a national award winning teacher, was speaking at the conference of teachers, organised by The Dakshina Kannada District High School Headmasters’ and Composite Pre-University College Principals’ Association.

He said children were linked to their friends on Facebook and were on mobile phone all the time.

Their working parents found it tough to keep an eye on them and their activities all the time. In such a situation, teachers found it difficult to teach them. Unlike earlier times when students could be corporal punishment, today teachers must recognise the rights of a child.Race for marks

More than getting a high rank, what matters while moulding a student is building her character, said Philomena Lobo, Joint Director and Principal, College of Teacher Education (CTE).

She said that it was unfortunate that schools did not keep a record of students who did well in life though they were not so good at studies in school.

Often one said that students were caught in a rat race today and could not afford to get low marks. “But some students with lower marks in academics do better in life than those who get high scores,” Ms. Lobo said, and added that the school should showcase the success of such students. Apart from academics, teachers must teach children how to speak and how to conduct themselves.

Headmasters and headmistresses of schools that got 100 per cent results were felicitated.

  • Schools should showcase the success of those who were not so good at studies in school: Lobo

  • Headmasters and headmistresses of schools that got 100 per cent results were felicitated