Headmaster finds innovative way to check dropouts during pandemic
Where there is a will, there is a way — that seems to be the writing on the wall in a tribal village in Dumka district of Jharkhand.
The headmaster of a local school, along with four para teachers, have taken the classroom to students who were unable to attend school because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sapan Patralekh decided to convert the exterior walls of the mud huts in Dumarthar village of Jarmundi block into blackboards. Two stretches were identified in the village and the walls of the houses painted to substitute as blackboards. The teachers carried a blackboard along and spoke on loudhailers.
Soon after classes had to be suspended, Patralekh — headmaster of Utkramit Madhya Vidyalaya — realised that the students would lose interest in studies if they remained away from class from long. Neither the school nor the students have the resources or option to go online.
But Patralekh’s initiative allowed students to resume studies. Teachers maintain physical distance while conducting the classes in the open. All teachers and students wear masks.
Patralekh hopes that this will help check dropouts because of COVID-19.
Dumka deputy commissioner Rajeshwari B. brought the initiative to light when he tweeted about it and shared pictures of the open-air classroom. Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, too lauded, Patralekh.
NITI Aayog, too, tweeted about the innovative classroom, adding the hashtag #AspirationalDistrict.
#AspirationalDistrict Dumka के जरमुंडी प्रखंड के डुमरथर विद्यालय के शिक्षकों और अभिभावकों ने समुदाय के सहयोग से एक सौ से अधिक ब्लैक बोर्ड का निर्माण छात्र-छात्राओं के घर के द्वार पर ही करा दिया है l— NITI Aayog (@NITIAayog) September 25, 2020
मुश्किलों को परास्त कर, अविराम बढ़ रहे है देश के आकांक्षी ज़िले 💪 pic.twitter.com/7WJvFRKMZC
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