After attracting a record 22,000 students from private schools in the last five years, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) schools are now looking at improving the learning levels of students by addressing the issue of ‘incomplete homework’.
Starting from the second term, which will commence on Monday after the Diwali vacation, the teachers have been asked to maintain a record of students from Classes III to VIII who do not complete their homework.
A part of a larger exercise to solve the issue, students — out of nearly 1 lakh students enrolled in over 3000 classes of III to VIII standards across 379 municipal schools — who do not do their homework will be asked to sign this record. The students will not be asked to divulge any reasons for not doing the homework neither will they be told why their signatures are being taken, as the exercise is for the sole purpose of maintaining a record.
“The teachers have been dealing with the issue of homework for a long time now. But there is no data on the percentage of students or a particular trend of those not writing their homework. With a student undersigning, there will be transparency in the exercise. So, keeping this record will help us find answers to all these questions,” said a municipal school teacher on condition of anonymity.
At present, if a student fails to complete his homework, he is made to do it in the class itself.
At the end of each month, reasons for a student not doing his homework will be chalked out based on this record and to help him in the future will be implemented.
This is also aimed at increasing the parents’ participation in their wards’ studies. The teachers at government schools have often complained of lack of parents’ interest.
“In comparison to private schools, parents of municipal school students are hardly involved in their children’s studies and whether the child completes his homework or not. There could be other reasons as well which the school board aims to address through this exercise. As this then affects the learning levels of a child since the homework is a kind of revision of what is being taught in the class,” said AMC school board administrative officer (AO) L D Desai.
The teachers will hold a meeting at the end of each month where they will discuss solutions like counselling parents and address issues of the students.
As per guidelines, the AMC schools follow a class-wise schedule of homework. For instance, students of Class I and II are not given any homework, from Class III onwards, the quantity of it is based on each class. Starting from Class III, a homework spanning 30 minutes to a maximum of 80 minutes for Class VIII students is followed.