New Delhi, Sep 4, 2020-
On the eve of Teacher’s Day, Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia recognised and praised the work done by government school teachers, who have stepped up their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sisodia, who also has the Education portfolio, was particularly impressed by eight teachers for their “remarkable stories”. Here are short profiles of the eight techers:
Sarita Rani Bhardwaj
School: GSKV, Paschim Vihar
Bhardwaj is known for prioritising her students over anything else. During the Covid-19 pandemic, it became extremely difficult for her to trace the location of her students. She first tried to contact everyone through the class WhatsApp group and personally called every student multiple times.
When she couldn’t get through a few of them, she contacted her ration delivery person and showed him their addresses. With his help, she could locate many more students but still, there were a few left. At last, she asked a courier delivery person to deliver a package to the houses of the remaining students. With all these consistent efforts, she was finally able to trace every single student of her class.
School: Government Sarvodaya Co-ed Senior Secondary School, R.K. Puram
Malik kept calling all of her students after the pandemic outbreak and was successful in identifying almost everyone, except for one, named Aditi. Aditi shifted back to her village in Uttarakhand along with her parents and did not have a mobile phone.
She asked Aditi’s classmates to spread the word and find out Aditi’s contact details. Once Aditi called one of her friends from a different number. That student shared the number with Malik and that is how she established contact with her and started sending her worksheets. Initially, she used to revert in 5-6 days which has reduced to 1-2 days now.
Alok Kumar Mishra
School: Government Senior Secondary School, Mangolpuri, Khurd, Delhi
Alok Kumar Mishra, a Social Science teacher, is undeterred in his resolve to serve the country and its people during these adverse times. A dedicated teacher has now turned into a committed warrior helping Delhi government fight the pandemic.
“I have been serving at the quarantine centre in Narela since March 30. I am working from a make-shift control room outside the flats being utilised as quarantine centres. A few of my colleagues (teachers) are also working here… I work in the day and night shifts alternately, and the timing is from 8 am to 8 pm for day shifts. Working this way has given me a great deal of satisfaction as I am being able to help my fellow Delhi citizens,” he said.
Raj Kumar Dhaliya
School: Rashtriya Pratibha Vikas Vidyalaya, Sector 21, Rohini
Dhaliya, a Sanskrit teacher at RPVV in Rohini, is now leading his team at the storeroom of a quarantine centre in Narela.
“My duty is that of an in-charge in the storeroom at this quarantine centre in Narela. My task is to provide goods and services for daily use of the people kept under quarantine,” he said.
Rajendra Prasad Sharma
School: Government Boys Senior Secondary School, Jharoda Kalan
In government schools, the online classes of his subject, Sociology, are not being conducted. But he took it as his responsibility to keep the learning process going for his students. He repeatedly called his students for 10-12 days to get in touch with each one of them and eventually he succeeded in his efforts.
Initially, he started making video notes for his students but due to time constraints, he started sending them audio notes. He said, “Many students do not have a mobile phone and this is a genuine issue. I tried to contact their neighbours or relatives to at least provide them worksheets. I feel no child should be left behind.”
School: Government Sarvodaya Co-ed Senior Secondary School, Sector-6, R.K. Puram
As the lockdown began, for those who did not have mobile phones, she called their neighbours and relatives and requested them to let her students use their mobile phones for sending worksheets to her.
With her consistent efforts, she was able to connect with most of her students by the first week of April. She said, “I want to spread awareness about these online classes as much as possible so that others don’t face the issues I faced while connecting with my students.”
School: Kautilya Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya
Ravinder Kaur, a Science teacher, started taking video classes much before online classes were announced by the government. She also asked her students to look around and observe the changes.
She told them that science is not just confined to textbooks; a lot of science is about developing the mindset to carefully observe the world around you. She also introduced surprise tests to help students understand how much their power of observation has improved which she used conduct during her online classes.
School: SKV Prashant Vihar
Neena, an English teacher and Happiness Coordinator at Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya, encouraged her students to take part in mindfulness activities along with their families. She also motivated her students to pen down their thoughts which they later wrote in the form of poems and essays.
“During these uncertain times of coronavirus, it is normal to get depressed and sad. I ensured that every child did not miss out on the daily mindfulness activity. It was a great way for the children to bond with their families while doing the activities sent via IVR,” she said. (Agency)