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EFFECTIVE USE OF FACULTY: H.S. Umeshwara displaying his education models at the school.

EFFECTIVE USE OF FACULTY: H.S. Umeshwara displaying his education models at the school.  

H.S. Narasimha Kumar

A teacher has formulated certain models to teach children effectively

DAVANGERE: Children from different slums and backward areas of old Davangere studying in first and second standards at the Janata School are well versed in writing Kannada and English letters and they are capable forming words. Besides this, they could easily do subtractions, additions and multiplications of mathematical sums easily.

Even the Block Education Officer and other officers from the Education Department rubbed their eyes in great disbelief when they saw children forming words and add, subtract and multiply sums in their own way at the school.

Most of the children in the school, who had no basic education (as in LKG and UKG), have been able to do this because of certain unique models prepared by H.S. Umeshwara, a teacher in the school.

“I strove to teach each letter in Kannada and English to the schoolchildren, most of whom were from the slums and backward areas. The children were directly admitted to the first standard without their going to LKG or UKG or nursery or having been involved in a playgroup. In my early years of teaching, I used to ‘beat them’ when they did not learn even after I taught them a couple of times. But beating or giving punishment such as making them stand on the bench or asking them to lift their hands up for a while was of no use as it did not yield any results.

“Then I struck upon the idea of creating certain models through which children could be easily taught letters, formation of words using letters, mathematics and even social studies, particularly geography,” said Mr. Umeshwara, who has put in over 25 years of service.

He said that once he formulated the models after ascertaining that they were effective in making the children understand, he got the models prepared from a toymaker in Channapatna. He said that he could teach the children effectively with the models unlike in the past where he had to struggle.

With the models, the teacher claimed that he could easily teach children and make them understand the lessons better.

The models have become so popular today that over 1,800 primary schools (aided, private, government and unaided) have purchased them from the school paying Rs. 1,000 to teach their children.

Mr. Umeshwara said that almost all the children scored more than 70 marks in mathematics and in languages. Kalamma, a vegetable vendor, who sends her child, Gangadhar, to the school, said that her son, studying in third standard, helps her calculate the price of vegetables during the morning sales. She said that she was at loss when people bought vegetables in fractions or in bulk to calculate as she had no formal education. She said that she had seen in her child a “ready calculator”. However, she said that she wanted to make her son a scientist or an engineer.

It is time the Education Department recognised the contribution of the teacher whose models are being used in over 1,800 schools, including government schools, and replicate it elsewhere.

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