A personal initiative by Devi Dyal,a mathematics teacher from Banera village in Sangrur,has now become a state project.
The Punjab State Education Board (PSEB) is set to start Dyals GK Project in 870 government schools across the state from Monday. The project aims to bring government school students at par with their private counterparts and also to help them prepare for competitive exams.
In September last year,Dyal had started the project,along with teachers Neeru Gupta and Faqir Singh in his school. He used to post 10 general knowledge questions every day on the notice boards. While initially no one seemed interested,gradually students started noting down the questions. The next day,Dyal used to write the answers to the 10 questions on the notice board.
Later,45 government schools in Sangrur took up the project. In February,an examination was also conducted,in which 7,000 students took part.
Looking at the utility of the course,PSEB has now decided to implement in across state schools. Dyal will act as the co-ordinator of this course he will post 10 questions each in all the 870 schools. The next day,along with a new set of 10 questions,answers to the previous questions will be put up on the board.
Suggestions from teachers have also been invited and even their questions will be added. The course will be co-ordinated from Chandigarh, said Dyal,who was honoured by the education department with Siksha Rattan award recently.
When contacted,Education Minister Sikander Singh Maluka said: The GK course will start in 870 schools from tomorrow. To begin with,the project will be taken up only in schools that were willing.
Under the project,students will also be prepared for written competitive exams which they will appear for after their higher secondary examinations.