‘Focus on making students knowledge producers’
A two- day government Residential School Principals’ Convention, 2017, was inaugurated at TSIPARD, Rajendranagar. More than 350 principals from...
Hyderabad: A two- day government Residential School Principals’ Convention, 2017, was inaugurated at TSIPARD, Rajendranagar. More than 350 principals from Social, Tribal, BC, Minority and General residential schools came to a common platform to discuss promotion of child-centric education, life skills, unconventional teaching methods, school safety and women empowerment, among other issues.
A K Khan, Advisor, Minority Welfare, Government of Telangana, is the chief guest. He called upon the principals and teachers to focus on nurturing original thinking capabilities among the students. He stressed that marks should never be the yardstick, rather each student should be treated as a unique individual and nurtured accordingly.
Khan expressed happiness that the entire country is trying to emulate the Telangana model of residential education system, AK Khan, exhorted. Mallaiah Bhattu, Secretary, BC residential educational society called upon the principals and teachers to lead from the front, because effective leadership is key to improving the outcome of students. Dr RS Praveen Kumar, Secretary, Telangana Social and Tribal Welfare residential educational societies delivered the key-note address.
He said that the principals and teachers need to adopt innovative pedagogical practices which trigger self-learning, analytical and critical thinking skills among the students.
The need of the hour is to encourage the students to raise critical questions in the classroom and outside. The focus need to be laid on making students as producers of knowledge rather than knowledge receivers.
The teachers must refrain from stereotyping certain students as slow learners, dropouts, and backward, he said. Dr Praveen Kumar thanked the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao for giving major impetus to residential schools with an estimated budget of Rs 15000 crore in the coming years, under the KG-PG mission. No Chief Minister in the country taken such a bold decision, he claims. He also thanked Scheduled Caste Development Department Minister Jagadish Reddy and the Minister for Tribal Welfare A Chandulal for providing quality education to poor children.