Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, June 27
Think of a government school and the image that comes to the mind is of decrepit buildings, dull and colourless surroundings, uninterested teachers and indifferent students. This is a stereotype that needs to be shed at the earliest, pleads a government schoolteacher posted at a village in Ludhiana. This teacher’s song on government schools has recorded more than 60,000 views, 1,600 shares and 500 comments on the activities page of the Education Department. The song ‘Kihney Sohney Sarkari School’ penned and conceptualised by Karamjit Singh Grewal has crossed “one lakh reach” on ‘Activities School Education Punjab’ page. Grewal is a Punjabi Master at the government school in Kheri Jhameri village in Ludhiana.
He has students telling him that they enjoyed watching the video song. Perhaps, the positive message that this video sends across makes it likeable and popular, observes the teacher. “It is time to do away with the negative stereotypes of government schools. The government schools have changed. Infrastructurally, these schools are much better now. The teachers too try to engage the students’ attention by employing techniques that are interesting, stimulating, motivating and, most importantly, student-friendly,” says Grewal, who has to his credit more than 40 songs on students and education.
“A teacher who manages to kindle a spark of curiosity and bring a ray of hope in his students’ life is a successful teacher. A teacher’s duty is not merely completing the curriculum. It encompasses much more – students should be able to understand what they are taught; they should be able to use their learning in their own life and they should be socially responsive and responsible,” adds Grewal.