Model School In The Making – A Look At Ladakh’s Government School That Has Made Headlines
The power to provide the kind of education
that will turn children and their futures brighter lies with that of a teacher.
Teachers hold the ability to simplify seemingly complex topics or subjects and
make them comprehensible enough for young kids to understand. Amending their
teaching style as per a student’s needs and experiences is just as important.
Muhammad Ali is one such teacher who
understands the role he plays and carries it out gracefully. The 43-year-old
teacher’s journey has taken him places before acting as the head teacher at
Government Middle School in Karith Shargole, a village in Kargil district in
Ali himself has been born and brought up in
Chanchik within Kargil. His education has taken place in local government
schools and later completed his graduation in Amar Singh College in Jammu.
Following which he finished in Master’s in Environmental science, English, and
Education whilst carrying out his responsibilities as a teacher in a local
private school before being appointed as a government school- teacher in the
10 more years of working as a teacher in
schools all over Ladakh and Ali finally was assigned to be the Acting Head
teacher at the Government Middle School in Karith. With his goals already set
in his mind to not just make sure that students score well in their exams but
also fare well in life. This would allow them to use everything they learned at
the school practically in some way or the other in their lives as well.
Learning shouldn’t be limited within the walls of a classroom and needs to have
a use beyond those walls as well.
Along with this, we as parents, teachers
and mentors shouldn’t stress children over the necessity of getting the top
grades or scores. In which case, the students will only be burdened and not
really learn anything being constantly worrying about getting good grades
rather than learning anything from it. He adds, “After all, not every child can
come first in class”.
But Ali’s hard work of over 5 years has
fared him and the school too well to be noticed in the papers as well as on
social media platforms with the school being considered a model school for a
better quality of education for which he was awarded the National Teacher’s
Award. This award brings to light Ali’s innovative teaching method having
accommodated subject-specific classrooms for the students.
The village that is far and remote barely
makes up for 500 residents with the internet connectivity around the vicinity
of the school being little to nothing. When Ali initially came to the school to
take up teaching, he noticed how irregular and common of basic problems the
school had, problems such as the school’s walls not having been painted
properly, floor matting being irregular. However, with a few more schools
around them the enrollment levels were considerably high.
Amongst the students he noticed that with
not a great learning experience, they were shy, not so confident and struggled
in their academic scores especially when it came to reading and writing. The
latter, ready and writing was thus what he focused on foremost to improve for
the children. Teachers in the school were gathered together and a grade wise
syllabus was constructed using Rapidex English Speaking Course Textbook.
Starting from the lower grades, who were taught the basics of spoken English,
the difficulty increased with each increasing grade. To help improve
pronunciation, a simple 5- minute lesson everyday teaching basic phonetics was
given during the morning assemblies for a period of two consecutive months.
What is most interesting is that instead of
there being classes as per grade, there are classes held as per subject. With
there being 9 teachers and 10 classes for every subject, classes are held as
per subjects with students going to the class for a specific subject.
Here, students of all levels of grade/proficiency
are present which allows the ones in the lower grade to not only learn their
own course level material but also that for a higher course level which is also
referred to as teaching-learning material (TLM). Not only this, but higher-grade
students can also refer to previous level’s lessons and revise in any case
With this and all the success and name the
school has garnered, Ali only hopes to continue teaching and helping the
students here further their learning.