‘If I had a magic wand…and if PM visited my school’

20 National award-winning teachers tell what they would wish for if those two things happened. Here are their replies.

Published:September 5, 2014 12:47 am
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Ahead of Teachers’ Day, Aditi Vatsa and Kunain Sheriff meet 20 National award-winning teachers and ask them what they would wish for if those two things happened. Here are their replies

Laxman Devrao Sakhare, 58
ZPPS Savali, Parbhani, Maharashtra
35 years teaching primary students; the Hindi graduate is now headmaster
Rs 45,000 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“I would like to provide a computer to each student. In a school of 250 students, we have five or six computers. I wish every student from Class V had access to the Internet.”

“If the pm came to my school…
“I would ask him to bring back the system of examinations. There are competitive examinations for everything. Students need to be familiar with this process.”

Safiya Shamsudheen, 52
Ansar English School, Perumpilavu,
Trichur, Kerala
29 years teaching Arabic
Rs 25,000 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“Students could be motivated to study Arabic, realise the significance of learning the language of the Holy Quran. I’d want them to take up social work and teaching.”

“If the Pm came to my school…
“I’d ask for privileges to teachers. Salaries in government schools are higher than in private schools… the younger generation is not interested in becoming teachers.”

Ranju Dutta, 59
Karanga Girls’ HS School,
Jorhat, Assam
37 years teaching English
Rs 54,000 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“I would wish all students could become hardworking and get skills and basic moral values, which would help them succeed in life.”
“If the Pm came to my school…
“I would ask him to set up a digital library. In the electronic era, it is difficult to make students read books. A teacher is no longer a sage; a teacher is a facilitator, a coach.”

Tulsi Devi Tiwari, 60
Swami Vivekananda Govt Pre-HS School, Torwa, Chhattisgarh
35 years teaching Hindi
Rs 50,000 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“Most of my students come from economically weaker, backward sections. I would want to provide them emotional support so they can join the mainstream.”

“If the PM came to my school…
“I would ask if he can bring about a change in people’s views.We want to imitate the customs and culture of other countries; I hope he can change that mindset.”

Sunita Nandal, 49
Girls’ High School, Barah Khurd,
Jind, Haryana
Teaches science, elementary headmistress
Rs 57,000 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“My students are very talented… They don’t get the kind of exposure that students from public schools get. I wish I could do something about it.”

“If the Pm came to my school…
“I teach in a remote village in Haryana. I wish there was enough infrastructure in the school, making it comparable to convent and public schools.”

Syed Hameed, 60
International India School, Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
6 years as principal there; his subject is English
Rs 1.5 lakh per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“I wish there were enough Indian schools in a foreign country to accommodate every Indian child. This would ensure that all of them received quality education.”

“If the Pm came to my school…
“I would ask him to interact with students. His lecture can influence students. They need to know his approach to governance, how he encourages entrepreneurship.”

Gaikwad Hanmant Dhondiram, 41
Zilla Parishad Primary School, Renapur, Maharashtra
20 years teaching history
Rs 40,000 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“I wish I could make the school a model school with all facilities, enough teachers and books. It would lead to good teaching and students would benefit from this.”

“If the Pm came to my school…
“I’d want him to modify the curriculum [by including] moral education, a history of revolutionaries in the freedom struggle… vegetarianism should be promoted.”

Victory Kharsyntiew, 56
Pahsyntiew Memorial Upper Primary School, East Khasi Hills, Meghalaya
29 years teaching English
Rs 9,000 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“I’d like children to have skills and knowledge beyond what they learn in books. Bookish knowledge is not enough. To get employment, they need an array of skills.”

“If the PM came to my school…
“I would ask him to bring about uniformity in teachers’ salaries. The difference in the salaries of state, central government and private school teachers is huge.”

Anil Kumari Rathore, 48
Government Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Karwad, Rajasthan
24 years teaching history
Rs 41,000 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“In Rajasthan, many families don’t pay attention to a girl’s education. I wish I could motivate students and their parents so that girls could study further.”

“If the Pm came to my school…
“There is a shortage of teachers. Our students’ results have suffered because of this. I would also ask him to provide better infrastructure.”

Jashvant Bhai Chunilal Parmar, 54
Choraniya Primary School, Surendranagar, Gujarat
30 years teaching Gujarati and Hindi
Did not disclose salary
“If I had a magic wand…
“Children today are obsessed with mobile phones and television. I want to change that. They should be studying instead of wasting time on these things.”

“If the PM came to my school…
“There is nothing about the school that one can change. It is a model school… In 2009, he [PM Narendra Modi] presented me a teachers’ award at state level.”

Ravinder Kumar, 57
Shaheed Captain Sanjeev Dahiya Govt Coed Sarvodaya Vidyalaya, Delhi
34 years as biology teacher, now principal
Rs 90,000 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“I would want to motivate my students in such a way that not only do they develop a sense of discipline in their studies but it also makes them better human beings.”

“If the PM came to my school…
“My only request to him would be to fast-track the system to fill vacancies in the teaching staff. There should also be more funds.”

Ashfaque Khan Saeed Khan Pinjari, 40
Anglo Urdu High School,
Dondaicha, Maharashtra
20 years teaching social science, asst teacher
Rs 40,000 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“I would try to get the poorest-of-the-poor children, who don’t have access to school facilities in my district, admitted to my school.”

“If the PM came to my school…
“I’d want him to provide infrastructure for technical education, which helps get jobs. I hope the PM gives more importance to technical education at school level.”

Supriya Surendra Chari, 58
Government Primary School,
Navelim, Goa
36 years teaching primary students
Rs 50,000 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“I would encourage my students to engage in extra-curricular activities, which can refresh their minds between routine classes.”

“If PM came to my school…
“I’d ask him to improve enrollment in government schools. I would ask him to tell students to join government schools, which are at par with private schools.”

Mangal Laxman Vhatkar, 51
Motilal Nagar Municipal Marathi Primary School, Goregaon
27 years teaching, now headmistress
Rs 16,300 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“I would want to create an environment where students could focus only on studies and not get distracted. I’d like to encourage vyavasayik shiksha.”

“If the PM came to my school…
“I would request him to make value education part of the main curriculum. I would ask him for better infrastructure in government schools.”

Susan Isaac, 48
MGD High School, Puthusserry, Pathanamthitta, Kerala
22 years teaching English
Rs 41,000 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“I would want my students to be better citizens first and then good students. I would encourage them to be socially aware so that they can become better citizens.”

“If the PM came to my school…
“I would request him to allocate more funds to school infrastructure and provide facilities for overall development of students, besides academics.”

Satbir Singh, 43
Govt Senior Secondary School,
Shergarh, Haryana
19 years teaching mathematics
Rs 55,000 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“I would want to create a maths kit, which students can explore and find solutions to various problems of humanity using mathematical skills.”

“If the PM came to my school…
“These days people only listen to our PM. I would request him to give a message to parents and tell them to cooperate with teachers in providing better education.”

Mufti Mohd Khalid Hussain Qasmi, 45
Madrasa Badrul Islam,
Mungeri Ganj, Bihar
20 years teaching Arabic and Persian
Rs 30,000 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“I would want instil a sense of responsibility among the students so they can do something great for the country and the society.”

“If the PM came to my school…
“I’d want to tell him that students of the Muslim community have a lot of zeal to do something for the country. He should give them the right platform for realising this.”

Paramjit Lal, 55
Government Elementary School, Fatehmajri, Patiala
26 years in teaching, now head teacher
Rs 51,000 per month
“If had a magic wand…
“Learning is a slow process — there is no magic wand to get instant results. But if I assumed there were a wand, I’d want to make my students more hardworking.”

“If the PM came to my school…
“I would request him to first fill the vacancies in the clerical staff in my school, and then to increase the strength of the teaching staff.”

Mohd Tayyab, 54
Anglo-Arabic senior Secondary School, Delhi
30 years teaching Persian
Rs 55,000 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“I would want to make the education system child-centric — so that we are able to nurture and develop children’s inborn abilities.”

“If the PM came to my school…
“I would request him to make the education system such that every community had equal opportunity and equal access to the facilities of the state.”

Rashmi Sunil Moore, 46
Mahatma Phule Vidya Mandir, Thane, Maharashtra
24 years teaching social science
Rs 45,000 per month
“If I had a magic wand…
“I would want to make my students get access to computer education. I would want my school to have better computer facilities.”

“If the PM came to my school…
“I would ask the Prime Minister to improve the sanitation facilities in the school. I would also ask him to give more focus to poor students.”

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