Raja Ram Mohan Das says he had no specific ambition as a child. The son of an assistant teacher in a middle school and a housewife, he managed to study by working as a private tutor. A full-time teacher now, he finds handling the new crop of students “challenging,” more so when the subject is Hindi, something that is not taken as seriously by the younger lot as math and science.
Das, an MA in Hindi from Magadh University, Bodh Gaya and a BEd from the University of Delhi’s Central Institute of Education (CIE), says even school administrators and parents, in general, are not interested in the subject. Good teachers can change that, he believes. Fortunately, says this TGT, now head of the department at the Heritage School, Gurgaon, which specialises in experiential learning, the authorities give due importance to the subject and full freedom to the teachers. Hindi is taught in a way that students don’t get bored, even if it’s a creative writing or grammar classes, says Das.
A class of 30 is divided into five to six groups, each is given a slip of paper with a topic by the teacher. Discussions on the topic, usually from daily life, then begin. In a grammar session on nouns, the groups could be asked to write about members of their families and discuss it. “Bacche apne aap (sangya ki) definition ko develop karte hain (children develop the definition of nouns on their own),” explains Das, who supervises study material, teaching methodology and execution of lesson plans in his school. Now there are interesting discussions in class. He was once asked why purush vachak sarvnam (personal pronouns) included masculine and feminine words. Das’s reply to them was: ‘Aap chunauti dijiye ise. CBSE ko likhiye’ (you should challenge it. Write to the Central Board of Secondary Education).
Teaching profiles and institutes at a glance
PGT and TGT
To become a trained graduate teacher (TGT), one requires a bachelor’s degree in any discipline and a BEd. A postgraduate teacher (PGT) should have a master’s degree (normally in a subject taught at the school level or thereabout) plus a BEd. A TGT teaches Class 6 to Class 10 and a PGT, Class 11 and Class 12
Delhi government schools - Rs 33,000 a month
Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas - Rs 34,000-Rs 35,000
Delhi government schools - Rs 35,000 a month
Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas - Rs 37,000 a month
The salary is generally a bit lower — Rs 2,000-Rs 3,000 less — outside Delhi due to the difference in the costs of living in non-metro areas, says Sanjeev Bhardwaj, an assistant professor of education. In the case of private schools, it’s hard to generalise because the range is wide, from a few thousand rupees to close to a lakh, he adds
* University of Delhi www.du.ac.in
* Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi www.jmi.nic.in
* Banaras Hindi University, Varansai www.bhu.ac.in
* University of Hyderabad www.uohyd.ac.in
* Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, Delhi www.ipu.ac.in
* National Council of Educational Research and Training’s Regional Institute of Education, multiple locations www.ncert.nic.in