Fri. Jun 14th, 2024

There is a prevailing myopic notion that the public sector schools in general and Sindh, in particular, are deteriorating. I believe this would be on the mark to some extent. Contrary to this criticism and despite many odds with Government schools, there are schools whose teachers leave no stone unturned in providing quality education using contemporary teaching methods. We as a nation always criticize and highlight the negative aspects, of whichever sector it is through media talks and newspapers yet, ignore acknowledging the development, successes, achievements, and initiatives. Sadly, education is on the hot seat and in highlighting the issues and challenges we turn our back towards the activities and achievements perform by enthusiastic and vigorous teachers.

The video in the post is evidence of making quality teaching practices in schools. This has been recorded in Government Girls Primary School, Muhammad Hussain Khushik, Makli, Thatta, Sindh in which a teacher teaches “Traffic Lights” to the students of Grade-III creating a real-world experience. Join me in appreciating the teacher Ms. Masooma Khushik in the video who demonstrates her teaching skills very effectively. I am sure this 1minute video from a Government school placed in a rural area will inspire you.

Learning the principles of traffic lights through real life examples.
Video credit: Masooma Khusik

Generally, there is a strong emphasis on the teaching of “basics”, including reading, writing, and basic arithmetic. While these skills are still important as they are the key requirements to make daily life easy other skills are essential to survive in an everchanging world. The future generation needs to instil the 4Cs (Creativity, Critical thinking, Collaboration, & Communication) in them because that will ensure the survival of the fittest in the  21st century.

If we look back to our schooling and reflect, is there any significant use of what we were taught? Do we know the application of theorems, algebraic formulas, and other content that we memorize and regurgitated for years? Most of us will respond negatively to this question.

We were taught how to memorize, study intensely and fix the content in mind blindly without deeply learning the concepts. It is because there is a mismatch between what is taught and how it appears in daily life. Real-life examples are the missing part of the education system. Today, most of the graduates would feel the need for skills to collaborate, communicate, infer, reflect, acceptance and all others which are the basic ingredients for survival in today’s world.

Instilling the essential skills is not resource hungry. The purpose can be achieved by simply using low cost no cost material. Provide small or lengthy well-defined real-life projects so that students get an opportunity to develop attitudes, skills, and knowledge to understand and participate in a globally connected world. For this, we must help our students’ reason, think creatively, reflect, and work collaboratively. Such skills must be integrated into each grade and in each lesson so that it shouldn’t be as one more thing to teach as the level goes up.

As an educationist, what I expect from teachers is to learn from such pivotal teachers like in the video. Normally, there is at least one passionate teacher in schools who shows up by thinking out of the box, bringing creative ideas, is active, persistent, and self-determined. What these teachers need is a little pat on their shoulders which keeps their morale up, motivated, and consistent in doing their jobs. 

By Shagufta Shazadi

The writer is Editor zeroperiod and Specialist to Educational Assessment Monitoring & Evaluation. She can be reached at shagu.skm@gmail.com

4 thoughts on “The brighter side of the school education in Sindh”
  1. Well written article indeed! I believe that real learning occurs only if a teacher would connect informal learning from daily life with the formal learning which happens in the class. This connection between formal and informal learning plays an essential role in improving students’ achievements.

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