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Students display democratic spirit,vote for best teachers

Students of a civic-run school and a private school last week participated in a novel programme when they voted for two best teachers.

Written by Express News Service | Pune |
September 14, 2011 2:08:06 am

Students of a civic-run school and a private school last week participated in a novel programme when they voted for two best teachers. This was the first of its kind experiment in the industrial town of Pimpri-Chinchwad where outstanding teachers were selected by students and not on the recommendation of corporators as has been the practice.

Sanjay Kale of Dnyanraj School,Kasarwadi and Rajashree Gunjal of PCMC-run Madhyamik Vidyalaya were voted as the best teachers by senior students of the two schools. Both of them were honoured with trophies by Mayor Yogesh Behl at a function held at a PCMC-run school in Kasarwadi. Sanjay Kale received the Jayshree Marale Outstanding Teacher Trophy while Rajashree Gunjal received the Dhumal Guruji Outstanding Teacher Trophy.

Praising the voting concept,the Mayor said he was impressed by the new idea being implemented by youngsters in the town. “Voting gives students a feel of democratic process which is very important for a country like ours. If students understand the importance of voting right from school days,they would not choose the wrong candidates when the grow up,” he said.

Behl said by selecting the outstanding teachers through voting,it should make teachers feel proud as this kind of system leaves little scope for political interference. A teacher Pranita Landge said these kind of awards would only boost the confidence and make teachers more disciplined in doing their duties.

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Both the teachers who were honoured expressed satisfaction calling it the “appropriate award” and thanked the students who voted for them.

Historian Namdev Jadhav,who landed up at the function without being invited,said,”I liked the idea so much that I have barged into the function after reading it in newspapers. Teaching students to vote for the right candidate is a healthy sign of democracy,” he said. Additional Collector,Seoni (MP) Sanket Bhondve spoke about his tenacity and how he made it to the IAS despite failing in several competitive exams. Jayant Kariya of Manoj Library and Knowledge Centre,who organised the function,said they would conduct votings in different parts of the city to select the best teacher. “We are doing away with politics and bringing in merit in honouring teachers,” he said.

The programme was anchored by Saroj Rao and Munir Ramdurg proposed a vote of thanks.

Among others present on the occasion included PCMC corporators Eknath Mote and Maruti Bhapkar,PCMC education officials Vishnu Jadhav and Balasaheb Ohal,former corporators Shyam Lande,Sopan Londhe,activists Tukaram Jawalkar,Prakash Jawalkar,Usha Lange,Surekha Gaikwad,Anita Landge,Rajendra Shelkhe,Sanjay Shendge and others. Jayshree Marale and Vasant Dhumal,the two veteran teachers in whose name the award has been instituted,were also present.

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