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March 13, 2017

Outdated teaching methods

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March 13, 2017

A sea-change in the mindset of instructors and students is required to revamp the outdated methods of teaching maths and the sciences. More often than not, teachers adopt a monotonous style of imparting wisdom to students and do little to make these subjects intellectually stimulating and engaging. As a result, students begin to lose interest and are reluctant to study maths and the sciences.

The government needs to take a few steps to encourage students so they can develop intellectual curiosity for these disciplines. First, the government should make efforts to improve facilities at school laboratories and ensure that they have the required apparatus. Second, it must also encourage schools to conduct science fairs and mathematics competitions. This will serve the dual purpose of building the aptitude of students and fostering an interest in subjects which are otherwise considered to be dull. Third, the teachers must prioritise and adopt methods which favour students and encourage them to learn. They must not rely on outdated strategies and focus on providing a holistic approach towards various topics. Training sessions and frequent assessments of classroom practices are helpful techniques to achieve this. Fourth, teachers must also receive incentives and appreciation for performing the noble service of educating the youth.

Engr Ahmed Shah

Wah Cantt