In an effort to raise the standard of teaching in its schools, the state government has turned to the Singapore education system to seek ‘inspiration’. As part of a programme organised by the state government, over 150 teachers from the government-run Zilla Parishad schools will go on a self-sponsored trip to Singapore to take notes from the primary and secondary education system in the country.
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Earlier, ministers from Maharashtra as well as senior bureaucrats have visited Singapore to study the country’s education system. Recently, Nand Kumar, principal secretary of school education and sports department, had visited the country. He had met local government officials and also studied the school system and teaching patterns.
“We can learn a lot by studying the school education system there. It is an unique system that stresses on enhancing creativity among students, and where academics goes hand-in-hand with physical education. There is a lot of application-based learning and students are encouraged to learn from their experiences… we thought it would be a good idea for our teachers to visit these schools and study the methods first-hand,” said Dheeraj Kumar, education commissioner of Maharashtra.
For example, school students in Singapore learn how to solve Maths problems through a pictorial process, as well as by using chips and dices, eventually moving on to numbers and symbols.
The state government will make all the logistical arrangements for the trip, which is scheduled to take place in November. “When a pattern of education has to be adopted, we need help at ground level as it is the teachers who have to implement the new methods,” said Nand Kumar.
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