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INNOVATIVE EFFORT: Primary school teachers participating in a training programme on `Maths Kit' in a block resource centre in Salem. Photo: K. N. Muralidharan
INNOVATIVE EFFORT: Primary school teachers participating in a training programme on `Maths Kit' in a block resource centre in Salem. Photo: K. N. Muralidharan

Staff Reporter

Planned by Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

SALEM: To improve the mathematical learning capability of students, the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) plans to introduce a `Maths Kit' in all the primary schools in the district in the coming academic year.The SSA has already begun training the teachers on using the self-learning tools in the kit.

The organisation has already introduced the kit successfully in 399 schools that are following the activity-based learning method in the district.

The achievement of students in mathematical skills after the introduction of the kit had improved tremendously, SSA officials said.

Students in these schools were now doing various arithmetical processes such as addition, multiplication, subtraction and division easily, they added.

The kit comprised 32 self-learning tools such as toys, charts and materials used in abacus method.

Officials said that the children would find each learning tool in the kit interesting and easy to use.

At present, many children, particularly those in the rural areas in the primary section, found it difficult to do mathematical process such as `carry forward' during a calculation.

Once implemented, about 80,000 children in primary schools studying in Standards I and II would benefit.

More than 4,000 primary school teachers would be trained to use the kit through block resource centres, SSA officials said.

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