75 students from Vadodara villages return to government schools due to smart classes

AROUND 75 students from villages in Vadodara district have returned to government-run schools after the district administration launched a drive to showcase quality results of smart classes in the current academic year.

According to a release from the Vadodara district administration, district collector Atul Gor had initiated the campaign to use technology to ensure that students in remote places also get high quality education.

“225 schools in the district have been selected for this and 73 schools are included in the initial round of smart classes. In this smart class, a board is provided along with the educational module. He uses audiovisual media for his courses of different standards. There are animated math and science exercises as well as poems in Gujarati and Hindi, which engage students to learn,” the statement said on Saturday.

In Lilod village of Karjan Taluka, students from private schools have been readmitted to government primary schools. The primary school in the village of Lilod, with a population of only 900 inhabitants, has a total of 304 children enrolled, including those from nearby villages. Lilod Primary School has seen 13 students apply for readmission after canceling their admission at a private school in the nearby village.

The school’s assistant teacher Mahendra Mehra said, “We make 210 students from class 6 to 8 study in smart classes. Smart learning has increased students’ interest in studies.”

At Mota Habipura Primary School in Dabhoi taluka, 54 of the 186 students of classes seven and eight are taught in smart classes. At least 10 students from the village re-enrolled in school after the district administration started the smart class.

Chirag Solanki, assistant teacher of Mota Habipura’s smart class, says the educational module has made teaching much simpler. “Science experiments can be easily described. Since it is an audiovisual medium, children also study with great interest,” he says.

District primary education officer Archana Chaudhari said the department conducted a survey of 5,853 students in 140 schools currently with smart classes.

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“These sixth graders performed poorly in their annual exams because they did not learn smart classes during the 2019-20 school year. Some 982 students (17%) recorded marks below 40%. A total of 4,007 students received marks ranging from 40 to 79%. Only 750 students received a grade above 80%. These students remain the same as in the 8th grade smart classes in 2021-2022 and their performance in the following annual exam has improved. A total of 5853 students have been enrolled this year,” he said.

According to Chaudhari, the percentage of students who scored less than 40% dropped to 12% after attending smart classes. The proportion of students with scores between 40 and 80% has increased to 69%.

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