Teachers at a government school have thought of a unique way to teach children honesty - 'Sach Di Dukaan or a shop of truth.
Based on the suggestion of Devi Dayal, mathematics teacher at the Benra government school in Dhuri sub-division, the school management decided to open the 'Sach Di Dukaan', a classroom stocked with stationary supplies, unmanned by a shopkeeper. The students can buy supplies and according to the price mentioned drop the money the money as per the cost of the product in the gullak.
Also if the students do not have money to purchase study material they can also put it back after the use.
Talking to Hindustan times, Devi Dayal said that he got the inspiration for this initiative teacher Mohan Sharma and Mohinder Singh Longowal, who had opened such shop in a school Khanankala
village in 1974.
"I came to know that shop was a good initiative to teach a lesson of honesty to the students now I requested to management of our school to open a sach di dukan in our school", he said adding,"also the financial condition of the students studying in government schools was not very well, and often hear that they come to school without study material. Now we have decided to provide study material to them from this shop, and they can pay for it when they will have money"
He said that the shop was opened on independence day with the stationary of Rs 1000, and few days before the school management found that more than Rs 600 have been paid by the students.
"in the first month we found that more than 70 per cent of the students, who have purchased items from that shop are honest, but we want 100 per cent results", he said adding, "but for this we will not ask any student to show their honesty, it is up to them and we are sure that we will achieve our target of producing good and honest citizens from our school"
It is worth mentioning here that BKU (Rajewal) president Balbeer Singh Rajewal had also opened 'honesty shop' in a school in his native village in Rajewal. As Rajewal is admitted to hospital for treatment, his aid told the Hindustan Times that Rajewal, the president of Bhai Puran Bhagat Singh Memorial School, at Rajewal village near Khanna in Punjab had opened the 'honesty shop' more than a decade ago, where 1,000 students of rural background read up to Class 12 and the idea
helped to encourage the students towards honesty.
The maths teacher has also taken other initiative like Ramanujan award for outstanding mathematics students and the management of the school has also started a health project for the students.