GOVERNMENT SCHOOL students in City Beautiful may soon have extended hours during which they will stay back to finish their homework and play sports before heading home.
UT Administrator V P Badnore articulated the concept of “extended schooling” on Wednesday at the inauguration of Government Model High School at Manimajra. He suggested that school hours be extended to 4 pm — at present it is 2 pm — to enable students to finish their homework and return home after spending some time playing games of their choice.
He said that the last two hours should be utilised to make the students do their homework and play for some time so that they should be able to spend quality time with their parents when they return home. He said that he would like the government schools to perform so well that these should become first choice of parents.
Education Secretary Sarvjit Singh accepted the idea on the spot, and said extended hours would be introduced at a couple of schools as a pilot project in the first stage, and if it was successful, then it would be extended to other schools.
Badnore urged government school teachers to raise the level of education in their schools. “I would like you to create a famine of students for private schools,” he said.
Local MP Kirron Kher said that there was no use raising big buildings if the teachers did not carry out their duties properly. Giving an instance, she said that while visiting a school at Dhanas, she got complaints that the teachers come to school to mark their attendance, and return home without taking classes. Large school buildings would be of no use if the teachers would not teach efficiently there and strict action should be taken against them apart from suspension, she asserted.
The Governor agreed with Kher and said he was really unhappy with this kind of unprofessionalism.
However, defending teachers, Director (School Education) R S Brar said that most of them were very hardworking and efficient. He said that he was trying his best to improve the standard of education in the government schools to make these better than the private schools.
“We will also conduct surprise checks at schools to see the presence of teachers during school hours,” he added.
Bandore said that the City Beautiful is a safe haven for all the retired people from all walks of life and their experience should be put to use by the students.
“Senior citizens who have retired from Army and other jobs residing in the city should contribute by teaching children in schools as guest faculty, and share their professional experiences with the students, and also tell the students about the rich history of India,” he said.
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