Haryana chief minister ML Khattar on Monday had a first-hand experience of the dismal condition of education in Haryana. Class 9 and 10 students couldn’t spell the word picture, when asked by the CM to do so.
The chief minister was at a government school in Chakkarpur village near DLF Phase-1 in Gurgaon to inaugurate a robotics skill centre as part of Teachers’ Day celebrations.
Khattar was left shocked on seeing the learning level of students in a city that has a chain of upmarket schools, many with International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum.
During an interaction with the students at the Government Senior Secondary School, Khattar asked them questions related to mathematics, computer, English and science.
One of the students spelt the word as ‘pitchere’, while another one spelt it as ‘picetery’.
The students will soon be sitting for board examinations. Out of 60 students, only three raised their hands to answer.
When the students were asked to explain what are ‘row’ and ‘column’ in Microsoft Excel, many failed to answer. The chief minister then tried explaining Excel.
Anshu Singla, principal of the school, said efforts were on to work on the learning levels of the students. “We are trying to start computer education in the school but have not yet succeeded completely. Also, we are working on the language skills as well,” Singla said.T
The students were excited about the new DLF Robotics Skill Centre and said that the new skills will help them explore their imagination and creativity, along with a sense of logic to perform various tasks.
Sher Ali, student of Class 10, said, “I believe this is a baby step and soon we will be able to learn both language and technical skills.”
Six other robotic skills centres were inaugurated by Khattar digitally with an aim to impart training to over 20,000 students at the Government schools of Dundahera, Carterpuri, Sarhaul, Wazirabad, Nathupur, Chakkarpur and Gurgaon village in the district of Gurgaon.
They will be learn to make robots and small-battery robots.