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At this government school in Ludhiana, kids learn security, retail lessons

The school laboratories are opening doors for better teacher-student interaction to sharpen their skills and eventually lead them to better job opportunities.

punjab Updated: Aug 29, 2018 13:21 IST
Deepa Sharma Sood
Deepa Sharma Sood
Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
Ludhiana,punjab,punjab schools
Students attending a security lab session at the Government Senior Secondary School in Bhani Baringa village near Raikot. The school utilised its RMSA grants to its benefit by installing vocational subject laboratories. (HT Photo)

Chosen by the Punjab government as a smart school along with 26 others, the Government Senior Secondary School in Bhani Baringa, a village 50km from Ludhiana, certainly lives up to its ‘smart’ tag.

While most of the laboratories in government schools of the district lack proper equipment, the school utilised the grants received under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) two years ago to its benefit by installing laboratories to teach students vocational courses such as ‘security’ and ‘retail’ in a practical and simple manner.

With a total strength of 525 students (from classes 6 to 12), out of which 87 from classes 9 to 12 have opted for security and 82 for retail as vocational course, the school laboratories are opening doors for better teacher-student interaction to sharpen their skills and eventually lead them to better job opportunities.

Labs of learning

During a visit to the school, HT found the security laboratory equipped with a door frame metal detector, fire alarm panels, weapons and stretchers to provide practical knowledge to the students about the equipment.

“I have opted for security as a vocational subject as this can be a good career option after I complete my studies,” said Gagandeep Kaur, a Class 9 student. “I wait for the lecture every day as the teacher gives us practical training on how to use the equipment,” she said.

On the other hand, the retail laboratory at the school lets students know about products, how to sell them and issue bills. Subject teacher Tarundeep Sharma said, “I have prepared various models for students which help them have a clear idea about the subject. Students actually respond in the class and the subject has become a popular choice.”

“I joined the retail class after the principal informed us about the subject in the morning assembly,” said Satinder Kaur, a Class 9 student.

“I visited stores like Easyday and Big Bazaar, and now have a better understanding of the roles executives perform there. I feel confident while shopping in the market now,” she said.

Efforts fuelled by dedication

School principal Manju Bhardwaj said, “Our school had received Rs 11.5 lakh from the higher authorities for the renovation work. We started the vocational courses in August 2015. Since then, students have shown keen interest in the courses, all thanks to the innovative labs set up by dedicated teachers.”

“Not only the vocational subjects, labs for science and mathematics are also equipped with models prepared by the teachers. Science and mathematics teachers have prepared many innovative models with the help of bottles, pipes, cups and others things which we had also displayed during education fairs,” she said.

Infra hues

While many government schools of the state that lack infrastructure, the school is making all-out efforts to utilise the building as a learning aid. The most attractive part of the school are its stairs on which times tables of 7, 8 and 9 are painted.

The school is also planning to use the building as learning aid (BALA) to beautify the space near the stairs with theorems and trigonometry.

Apart from that, closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have also been installed on the campus. The cameras were installed through donations received from NRIs and villagers six years ago.

First Published: Aug 29, 2018 13:19 IST