Ever heard of loudspeaker classes?

Education industry is full of examples where teachers have devised innovative solutions of teaching. The latest to inspire the teaching world is Shyam Kishore Singh Gandhi, headmaster of Bankathi Upgraded Middle School in Jharkhand’s Dumka district.

Just like other schools of the country, his school too was closed following the lockdown. While thousands of schools have switched to online learning module or TV learning, Gandhi was unable to do so as most of his students come from poor families and cannot afford smart phones. The school is said to have 246 students, out of which 204 do not have access to a smartphone. In order, to ensure these students do not miss the classes, he decided to hold classes through loudspeakers.

Several loudspeakers were placed on trees and walls at different locations across Bankathi Village. Students sit near these loudspeakers by 10 in the morning. Classes are then held for for two hours everyday. Such is the popularity of these classes that attendance is reported to be 100% on most days.

The teaching model, which has been in existence from April 16, seems to be working fine as no one has complained so far. Students too seem happy and enjoying their new way of learning.

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