Today I had two classes; one of ninth and one of eleventh. But the classes of below tenth level was cancelled. School was conducting PSA (Problem Solving Assessment). They took our name and phone number said that you will be assigned the examination duty as invigilator.
I was allotted the P-5 classroom in the primary school wing within the main campus of school. The students were of seventh and eight standard. It was a completely new experience for me. I was the co-invigilator in the class with one of the permanent teacher of the school. He (the main invigilator) distributed the question-paper and then left the class showing lot of trust in me, that, I would not let the children do any cheating in the examination. As he left the class, the children started asking me the answers of the questions. My idealism stopped me for some time but after a point I could not see their blank faces. They were staring at me with such an innocent face and lots of hope that I had to change my mind. I started answering their question. At the end I was feeling so happy.
As I have mentioned in the first paragraph that the test’s name was “problem solving assessment”. I am unable to resist my temptation to cite some question which was there in the question paper to test children’s problem solving assessment. One such question was -“who is the human resource minister of India?” I am unable to figure out, that, what kind of “problem solving skill” can this question test? There were other several such illogical and useless questions (couldn’t recall right now)which were testing the problem solving skill of children.
Then came the time for taking the fifth period class of geography. When I came to class, I saw there was no one there. I asked – ‘where are the students?’ to some of the student who were standing there. They told me that they have already left after the third period only. Those students were also wasting the time because no teacher came to take their class. They had the class of political science of class eleven. I started interacting with them. I found that they were very curious to know but they don’t have the right guidance. They shared their problems with me. I was there to teach geography but my section’s student has already left the school so I told them Ok. let me take your class of political science.
The children were of the tow groups E and F. They started asking about question to me like , what is constitution?; what is democracy?; what is parliament?; why do we need constitution?; why do wee need elections? and so on. I gave answers to all the question they have asked to me one by one. They were listening so patiently.
Now my belief is becoming stronger continuously that if children are not studying, its the fault of the teacher not of the student and a teacher can bring a lot of change, if he wants to.