Prayagraj: Acknowledging a dramatic change in student’s attendance in government primary schools of the Prayagraj district after setting up smart classes, the officials of the education department are aiming to have smart classes at 100 primary schools this academic session under the ‘Samudayik Sahbhagita’ (Community Involvement) scheme.
Currently, smart classes are being run at 32 primary schools of the Prayagraj district including Kaurihar, Handia, Saidabad, Koraon, Chaka, and Bahadurpur blocks. Basic Shiksha Adhikari (Prayagraj) Sanjay Kumar Kushwaha, talking to TOI, reiterated that to make learning entertaining and interesting with the help of technology (smart classes) has had a positive impact in students’ attendance at primary schools in the district.
After studying the impact of smart classes on attendance, we have set a target of introducing such classes in at least 100 primary schools in this year academic sessions under the community involvement scheme. He also said, “many principals teachers are putting their efforts in converting the classes into smart classes and we hope that majority of the primary schools would have smart classes under the community involvement scheme”.
BSA, meanwhile, admitted that attendance has fairly increased in primary schools where smart classes are being run. Currently, all school authorities are following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) issued by the state government for the safety of the students and the staff in the schools amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Primary schools in Prayagraj district reopened recently after a gap of 11 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As per the order, about 50 per cent of students strength will be attending classes as per their schedule. Students of class one and five will be attending classes on Monday and Thursday while students of class two and four will be attending schools on Tuesday and Friday. Besides, students of class three will be attending schools every Wednesday and Saturday.
Prayagraj district has a total of 2,852 primary schools junior high schools. Meanwhile, Garima Mehrotra, principal of the primary school (Malaq Harhar – First ) at Kaurihar block, who made her own efforts to run smart classes, told TOI, “I have put in my own resources to buy audio-video gadgets projectors to transform the classes into smart classes.”
She added that students find it interesting to learn new things through smart classes and that the use of the audio-visual mode of communication has also offered a new way to teach about the subjects to the students in a different manner.