Staff Reporter

A Singaporean

team visited a school in Chennai

CHENNAI: For the Singaporean team of academics, its visit on Monday to Jawahar Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School, Ashok Nagar, turned out to be more than an educational tour.

The 18-member team comprising principals, vice-principals and other faculty, from eight schools in Singapore had a brainstorming session with the teachers at the school. Besides touring the various facilities in the school, the team members also got an insight into the educational system.

Faculty members teaching common subjects formed into small groups to discuss the similarities and differences between the syllabus and pedagogy of both the countries.

Elizabeth Thomas, principal of Jawahar Vidyalaya Senior Secondary School, said the faculty mostly from primary schools in Singapore, including Our Lady Queen of Peace School, Wood Grove Primary School and Bukit Panjang Government High School, visited the school. The meeting focussed on possibility of strengthening the ties, including by way of student and faculty exchange programme.

Nearly 60 students from two Singaporean schools had visited the school a few months ago, she added.

A. S. Narayana Rao, the school’s correspondent and secretary, said the science lab, ‘Prayoga’, was specially designed for beginners in science experiments.

The team members evinced interest in the lab. Besides class VIII students of Jawahar Vidyalaya, students from 10 neighbouring institutions visited the schools once a month to perform experiments related to the syllabus.

A batch of 40 students would be enrolled for using the laboratory every academic year.

The main objective of the lab was to create interest in science among the students through application of their classroom learning, he added.