Tarjana Ramanbhai Vasava, a Class VIII student of a remote village in Umarpada taluka in Surat district, uses a computer like any other trained professional. Darshit Dutt, another schoolchildren in Ahmedabad, can easily strike a conversation in English.
While Tarjana studies in government-run Umarkhadi Primary School, Darshit is a student of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation-run school No 9 in Nava Vadaj.
The persons responsible for the positive change in government primary schools in the state are mostly newly recruited vidyasahayaks (teaching assistants), said officials engaged in Gunotsav exercise and principals of schools.
They are young and have better ideas. They are enthusiastic and are computer savvy too, AMC Commissioner Guruprasad Mohapatra said. Mahapatra visited three different schools in the city during the three-day Gunotsav that concluded on Saturday.
The new teachers are doing really impressive work. Their enthusiasm and competence is bound to improve the quality of education in government schools, Ramdevsinh Gohil, taluka development officer of Jasdan in Rajkot district said.
We have got two women vidyasahayaks. We are completely dependent on them for English teaching and computer lab. They are very keen about their work and dedicated to students. The rest of the staff members appreciate it, said Harshida Acharya, a recently retired principal who is guiding Ellisbridge School No. 16 for Gunotsav.
Kanji Lakhani, principal of school No.12 in Dhoraji of Rajkot district said the new vidyasahayaks are committed to their profession. They even visit houses of those students to know the reason as to why they had remained absent on a given day,
Since I joined a year ago, I have stressed that fundamental concepts of the subject be cleared in the minds of my students, said Nilam Chauhan, a mathematics teacher at Hathsanani village in Jasdan.
Bhavin Hansaliya of Dhoraji School said besides routine teaching, he also focused on co-curriculum activities after he joined as vidyasahayak in September this year.