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Activity-based learning to be introduced

Skilful approach: Students learning through the new method at a school in Tuticorin on Wednesday.

Skilful approach: Students learning through the new method at a school in Tuticorin on Wednesday.  

Staff Reporter

To enhance creativity of over 1.30 lakh students in Tuticorin

TUTICORIN: The Department of Education will introduce Activity Based Learning (ABL) methodology in all Government and Government-aided schools in the district during the current academic year (2007-08), under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA).

Official sources told that the system was aimed at enhancing the creativity of 1,30,279 students of Standard I to IV studying in 1,359 Government and Government-aided schools in the district and reduce the book load and discourage rote learning.

“We have decided to launch the system in all Government and Government aided schools, after its successful implementation in 247 schools spread over Alwarthirunageri, Karungulam, Kayathar, Kovilpatti, Ottapidaram, Pudur, Srivaikundam, Sattankulam, Tiruchendur, Tuticorin rural, Udangudi, Vilathikulam and Tuticorin urban blocks, on a ‘pilot basis’ during last academic year,” sources said.

Under the ABL methodology, Tamil, English, Mathematics and Science will be taught using separate cards and activities. Attractive cards having pictures, words, numerical, phrases and information about nature will help students to understand the topics easily.

The Collector, R. Palaniyandi, said that group, self and mutual learning will be encouraged and children will be given ample freedom to learn on their pace, as part of the system.

“Distance between the teacher and student will be largely reduced and teacher will act more as a facilitator, under this method,” he added.

Education department sources said that teachers in schools where ABL would be introduced were given a three-day special training during the first week of June.

“Resource persons taught them the teaching methodology involved in the process,” sources added.

Future plans

Sources said that the methodology would be introduced on a pilot basis for students of Standard VI to VIII in 16 panchayat union schools and Government schools at Srivaikundam and Alwarthirunageri blocks, during this academic year.



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