students of semi-urban areas are not serious with their education and because of which even the faculty are losing their interest with the profession - as a teacher i request you to give suggestions.
From India, Karimnagar


I can understand your frustration and anxiety at the indifference shown by the school children in the semi urban areas. As a teacher you are also perturbed by the haplessness that you are in and as you rightly pointed out your colleagues and you will also slowly become demotivated day after day.

To my way of thinking, there are 3 steps that you would need to do in order to enthuse your students and the teaching faculty.

Analyze the cause – Possible focus areas could be

Poor school facilities

Indifference of parents

Students do not like to be disciplined

Pressure to work to supplement income

Poor / uninspiring teaching methodology

Fear of failure/ punishments

Take Proactive steps – based on the analysis

The first step is to find ways and means of making the teaching interesting

The focus on getting the students motivated e.g. incentives for attendance/ participation in activities/ recognition of their talents/ achievements etc.

Find ways to motivate teachers and staff members

Link the learning with practical application so that the students can visualize the perceived benefit of the learning

Keep innovating

Seek out a sister school arrangement with an urban school so as to get financial support/ donations of sports equipment/ lab equipment/ computers / school bags/ cycles etc.

Work out an arrangement to visit an urban school / organize an event and invite students of urban school

Get the local leadership to take a proactive interest in the school and upgrade the facilities

Get expert help to upgrade the knowledge and teaching skills of the staff

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It is possible that you would have tried many of the suggestions listed above without much success. However patience is a virtue that is a must when you are in the business of molding lives. Equally importantly, hope is another virtue that must be kindled within you.

Remember your role is not to take the horse to the water, but to make the horse thirsty and they will seek out the pastures and watering holes themselves.

Best wishes for your noble endeavor.

From India, Mumbai
Dear Mr MVS Sudhakar,

India is country where one time newspaper delivery boy went on to become top-notch scientist and then president. One time office boy became Chief Justice of Supreme Court of India. India is a land of opportunities and opportunities and examples of this kind abound. Now one has to decide how to avail of those opportunities.

There are two things here. One is beyond our control and another is within our control.

First let me tell what is beyond our control. There is no substitute for "self-motivation". let me tell you what Lord Krishna has told in Bhagwatgita - "Uddharet Atma-atmanam" (उद्दरेत आत्मआत्मानम् ). It means one makes one's development. Classic example of this is recent news item titled "Auto-rickshaw driver's daughter tops CA exam". Who had motivated her? Nobody! One has to assume responsibility for oneself, for family, for society and for the nation as a whole. This very sense of responsibility makes one to stay focused.

So what is another thing? Should we just resign to one's fate just keep quite? Not necessarily. In your case, I recommend you calling old but successful students of your college and arrange their talk. Let them share stories of how they succeeded in their career. Your students can look at the old students as their role model. Instead of giving external examples, let them have examples of their own people who were somebody like them just couple of years ago. Hope it will make some mark on their mind.


Dinesh V Divekar

From India, Bangalore
Dear All,
Excellant suggestions have been given by members.
I would like to add few suggestions
1.Arrange talks by locals who have done well after getting good education.
2. Arrange trips to urban schools/arrange for few to be invited to attend functions so that students interact with urban students-- this has to planned well so that it should not have opposite effect.
3.Screening motivation movies.
4.Sports activites--as this also opens employment avenues and leads to better life styles.

From India, Delhi
Dear Teacher,
Thank you for your concern for the voice less children. In India more then 80% children leave in the same reality and due to efforts by Teacher like you, I presume 20% become Corporate Leaders, few other become leaders for others etc.,
The basic issue is sadness grips the children because of poverty or lack of care from family etc.,and the Teachers tend to get demotivated. Best way to come out of it is have more games, improve their speaking skills, have some cultural activities, games etc. This will bring joy and it does not involve much money. A joy is motivation in child.
Some of the members given few hints which will help you and people like you to mold this country as better place to live. A smiling teacher will bring energy to children. Make education and learning fun so that darkness within will go out and new light will enter.
I take this opportunity to Salute every teacher like you, who can show the light of the day.
A happy child is the nations pride.

From India, Bangalore
Dear Mr MVS Sudhakar,
Some excellent inputs have been provided by Mr B.Jacob and Mr Dinesh Divekar.
It is heartening to note that you are showing concern to create a change for the better.
As they often say, There is a desired state - WHAT SHOULD BE
and present stage WHAT IT IS.
The gap analysis would tell you what can be done within your means.
V.Raghunathan..................................... ........................ Navi Mumbai

From India
Problem of the teacher, Mr M V Sudhakar, is most genuine. Good that he has shared it with all. The reasons for the lack of interest in studies by the children in a semi-urban (and also rural) schools could be many, which have been highlighted by different experts in their responses above. Some solutions too have been suggested, but the enormity of the problem can not be addressed by the teacher who has initiated this conversation. His genuine interest is, perhaps, in knowing what simple steps can be taken at his level to motivate the students to become serious about their studies.

Well the children (including those in the urban schools) are not so clear about the ultimate outcome of putting in effort in their studies. Most of these children are utmost dreaming of occupying positions in which their parents (generally fathers) are working to earn their livelihood. Some others feel that 'becoming a teacher' is their objective, which they occasionally discard at the first thought (when they discover that their communication skills are no where nearer to that of their teacher). Well, none of these children have 'Big dreams'. Therefore, showing big dreams, preferably with numerous examples of how the children from rural & semi-urban background have grown to occupy positions of responsibility, can be done by the teacher himself. This may need some data collection & the Principal/ School management could be the focal point for the same.

'Selling big dreams' to the children, in my opinion, has to become one of the roles of a good teacher.

From India, Delhi

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