Staff Reporter

Survey proves effectiveness of activity-based learning

CHENNAI: The Government is considering extending the `Padippum Inikkum' (reading can be sweet) project with a focus on activity-based learning (ABL) to the entire State, School Education Minister Thangam Thennarasu said here on Friday.

Speaking at the inaugural of a day-long workshop on school inspection for lecturers from the District Institutes of Education and Training, he said a survey of schools in the city and in panchayat unions had proved the effectiveness of the ABL system beyond doubt.

For instance, 74 per cent of students from city schools with ABL system have exhibited an age-appropriate competence in Tamil, whereas only 24 per cent from city schools without ABL and 29 per cent from panchayat union schools without ABL have shown such a skill. In other subjects too, students from schools with the ABL system have demonstrated higher competence, self-confidence and discipline.

In July last year when the first phase of the `Padippum Inikkum' project, being implemented as part of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), was launched, the Minister promised that every child in Government and aided schools would attain the ability to read Tamil by the end of the academic year.

Aid India, a non-governmental organisation, conceived the project modules, which require skill-based assessment and group activities in the classroom along with the use of activity-based education kits and posters.

M. P. Vijayakumar, State Project Director, SSA, said that the workshop on school inspection was part of an initiative to create a quality-checking mechanism, where lecturers from the teacher training institutes would be able to assess the effectiveness of the training they have imparted to pre-service and in-service teachers.

The participants of the workshop shared their grievances at an informal interactive session in the morning and later, visited schools in the city.