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These teachers are simply a class apart

Working in rural areas, they visit students’ homes to keep track of things

These teachers are simply a class apart

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, November 30

Ever since the pandemic began, online sessions have become an inseparable part of the students. But, for teachers in rural areas, visiting the students’ homes and making announcements from gurdwaras to ensure that students were not having any problems has now become a routine thing.

Teacher Kulwinder Singh from Government Middle School in Mundi Cholian has seen many instances through. He said students who come from far-off villages like Dhakka Basti, where people hardly have any access to technology, taking exams online was not a cakewalk.

When he had gone the first day, he called the students at one place, made them sit making sure they maintained a certain distance, and then monitored them while they answered the question paper. “They were having trouble using technology and we helped them,” he informed.

Deepak Prakash, a teacher from a school in Madala Channa village in Lohian block makes announcements from gurdwaras to inform the students regarding various works. A total of 84 students study there and 40 per cent of them don’t have smartphones. Prakash said he had visited every student’s house so that all of them could take the exam. “It’s a painstaking task at this point, but still, I understand my duty and work for the students.” He, along with two other teachers, had been visiting their homes and helping each of them to login in order to take the exam.

Meanwhile, Sarabjit Singh, a teacher from government primary school in Dhakka Basti village, said whenever he goes to school, he has a brief stopover at the homes of the students and checks their notebooks.

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