Tue. Jun 25th, 2024

It is an established fact that the overall education quality of the country will not improve until and unless the public sectors are improved. Being a primary school teacher, I would like to share some of my experiences. Most of the public schools have sufficient teaching space and are provided with resources, qualified teachers, and have enough enrollment of students.
Despite all these facilitates the quality of education of the public schools seems in declining day by day. There could be hundreds of reasons for the downfall but we can start by addressing the issues one by one as we notice them. Based on my personal experiences I give some suggestions for improving the quality of teaching and learning in the schools and expect
improved results;

  1. Check and balance: Our system should depute monitoring teams in taluka wise and cluster wise to oversee the performances of teachers. Teachers with extraordinary work should be encouraged and underachieving teachers should be held accountable.
  1. Activity-based learning: The majority of our teachers got various training organized by the education department and different NGOs. All these trainings focused on activity- based learning methodologies. Most of these initiatives could not succeed due to a lack of willingness of the teachers and the absence of support from higher-ups. If we involve
    the local stakeholders this issue will be resolved. They will ensure that children are taught as per the needs of the modern time.
  2. Behavioral change: We government school teachers have to face children who come from a low socioeconomic background. A child who is frustrated and despaired from surroundings needs more care, love, and attention. At this time teacher’s behavior acts as a role model for a child; but unfortunately, our teachers’ rude behavior and corporal punishment have made the school environment hostile which is also a major cause of
    the school dropout.
  3. Process for their benefits: A teacher should not only transfer knowledge to the student but should also assess the students’ social, moral, intellectual, emotional, and physical needs. The teacher should help their students in addressing these needs. Failing to do so will result in frustration, losing hope, and make them vulnerable.

So, it is the prime responsibility of teachers to concentrate on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of their students with their polite behavior, love, and attention. We need to remind ourselves that schools are not places where just only numeracy and literacy are taught rather they are places where students are developed holistically.

By Masooma Khushik.

The writer is a primary school teacher in district Thatha, Sindh.

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