CHANDIGARH: It has been over a week into the new academic session in the city government schools but the students are yet to receive their free set of textbooks. However, the teachers in the smart schools claim that the digital boards are a substitute to the NCERT books. CHANDIGARH: It has been over a week into the new academic session in the city government schools but the students are yet to receive their free set of textbooks. However, the teachers in the smart schools claim that the digital boards are a substitute to the NCERT books. HT FILE A teacher using a smart board in her class at a city school.
After bringing smart boards and smart syllabus to the primary classes in around 200 classrooms of the government schools, a lot has changed, according to the teachers.
The nine schools, where the classrooms have been digitised so far, include Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS)-18, GMSSS-19, GMSSS-20, GMSSS-26, GMSSS-35, GMSSS Sarangpur, Government Model High School (GMHS) Dhanas, Government High School (GHS)-54 and GHS Sarangpur.
“The percentage of students attending classes has increased. There is a new kind of discipline and curiosity among students. Not only this, but our own involvement also has doubled up,” said one of the teachers of GMSSS-19.
Senior officials at the district education office (DEO) also say that the introduction of smart boards in the classrooms has made a big difference as the attendance has considerably increased, which was the need of the hour, especially to inculcate an interest among those students who were poor in studies.
Arvind Rana, president of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan teachers’ welfare association, said, “The response is really good. Now, it has become easier to teach kids, even in the absence of NCERT textbooks as chapters are taught on smart boards.”
One of the Class 7 students at GMSSS-18, Radhika Singh, said, “There were days when the attendance used to be very low in our class but after the smart boards got installed, all of us come every day with curios minds that we will get to see or learn a new thing in the class.”
Another student Vinay of GMHS Dhanas said, “I never took interest in mathematics and history but now with the smart boards, these two subjects seem so easy. My teacher makes us watch an interesting video of a history chapter and I easily can narrate it later to the students because it is like watching a short movie in the class.”
SCENARIO OF SMART SCHOOLS IN CITY
The first smart school was setup in Sector 53 in April 2012 by the education department. The second smart school came up in Sector 50 in 2013 with a provision of proper audio-visual technology in classrooms.
The education department had later approved the setting up of three more smart schools including one in Sector 54, and two others by upgrading the existing GMSSS in Sectors 16 and 35 as smart schools but these schools continue to wait for a conversion into smart schools.
Rubinderjit Singh Brar, director school education (DSE), said, “We are in the process of extending smart classrooms to other schools as well but the number of schools we would extend it to will depend on the available budget and it will only be clear after we receive minutes of meeting of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) project approval board (PAB).”