It was an unusual Tuesday for students of government schools in Rajasthan — their teachers came in cars with red beacons! The Rajasthan education department marked Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary by instructing its administrative officers to teach at least one period in government schools as part of the National Youth Day.
State education minister Vasudev Devnani said that the idea behind the programme was that officials, on the occasion of Vivekananda Jayanti, interact with students and encourage them towards studies. Devnani further said that the visit would also expose the education department to their shortcomings and the ways in which they could strengthen it.
Thus, additional chief secretary Rakesh Verma, an engineer, headed to Poddar Senior Secondary School in Jaipur’s Gandhi Nagar to solve complex physics problems for students of class 12. “Sir taught us in a different manner — it was as if we were in a competitive exam coaching class. He gave us tips and basic rules to make this subject look so easy,” said Aniket Toadwal, a student.
In Alwar, Mukta Nand Agarwal, the district collector spoke about Albert Einstein as he taught students of class 9 while DC Ramniwas, the district collector of Hanumangarh, taught history and maths at the government school in Rodawali village.
Meanwhile, Jaipur’s traffic DCP Haider Ali Zaidi had an embarrassing moment at Residency School at Bais Godam circle. When he asked the students about traffic rules, they replied that his cops catch some offenders and let off others. Zaidi, sheepishly, told them that couldn’t be true and asked them to report to him if they witnessed any such instance.
Dr Ashok Gupta, the superintendent of JK Lon Hospital — the state’s biggest children’s hospital —also took a class. “It was a pleasure interacting with the girls of Classes 11 and 12 as we discussed adolescent health issues,” he said, after interacting with the students at the government senior secondary girls’ school in Gandhi Nagar.
In Kota, additional district magistrate Kalpana Aggarwal took the home science period at the government school in Nayapura Bagh and spent close to 20 minutes with the girls of classes 11 and 12. And before leaving the school, the bureaucrat asked teachers to provide students practical training along with classroom teaching.
(With inputs from Alwar, Kota and Hanumangarh)