S.P. Singh, Founder Manager of Lucknow Public Schools and Colleges, talks to Amita Jain about what is needed to make India’s school education more vibrant…
Q. How can the regular teaching mode in schools become more interactive?
A. School education is the deciding factor in a child’s career. If it is proper and interactive, it is productive. A teacher is supposed to be highly interactive and innovative. Teaching is the most delicate and an intricate process of education. If a teacher’s approach is innovative, a child’s understanding would be faster in shaping him/her into a wonderful person. For a teacher to be innovative is more important than anything else.
Q. How has your school used technology to impart education? What are some of technological inputs used?
A. All the classrooms are equipped with the multimedia system. Students are taught with the help of multimedia presentation. At LPS, contents are made student-friendly. The practical approach has been increased by multimedia. Through multimedia, even slow learners can enhance their comprehension power. When we use technology in the classroom, we can retain the contents for further use and research.
Q. Student security is of huge concern these days. Does your school ensure student safety?
A. Student security is my top priority. If they are safe and secure, the country is safe and secure. Nowadays mishaps can be seen everywhere, so it is the first and foremost duty of the school management to provide a safe and secure environment for children. Students are a soft target for miscreants. We provide high-level security to our campuses. CCTV cameras are installed at all necessary points. Guards are vigilant and inspect every nook and corner. The surveillance system is capable enough to detect the suspects. In a nutshell, I can say that children are given full attention and care.
Q. Any efforts to reduce exam stress?
A. I personally give tips to students to reduce exam stress. They are in constant learning process throughout the session so they hardly suffer examination phobia. They are encouraged to play and do some extra co-curricular activities in order to avoid the tedium of learning. They are given the tips of meditation and mindfulness. Studies are made at ease, not in the hurried race of learning.
Q. How do you foster curiosity and critical thinking in a child?
A. I believe in generating curiosity and critical thinking in a child. At LPS, teaching is imparted in such a way that a child’s mind is awakened. Our motto is to ignite enquiring minds. Problem-solving sessions are conducted every week. Debate and extempore speech competitions are organised and students are given the opportunity to unleash their power of expression.
Q. How do you balance extra-curricular activities with academic performance?
A. Extra co-curricular activities are the real parameters for measuring the potential of the students. Those who perform in such activities can handle their studies properly well. Our school gives a platform for unique activities. For example, we organise Colosseum, an athletic activity which prepares athletes. We motivate our students to maintain the balance between the extra co-curricular activities and academic efforts.
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