Ambala, September 21
The Directorate of School Education organizes competitions for students in grades I to V to strengthen basic literacy and numeracy (FLN). The competition is held at the school, cluster, block, district and state levels.
The students will compete in competitions such as counting, reverse counting, tables, odd and even numbers and fractions. In addition to the students, primary school teachers can also participate in the competition.
The school-level competition will be held in October, after which the cluster and block-level competition will be held from November 2 to 14 and November 22 to 30, respectively.
The district and state level competitions will be held from December 1 to 15 and December 16 to 31, respectively.
The directorate said in a press release today that during a five-day teacher training course for basic literacy and arithmetic, it was revealed that not much attention was paid to tables, leaving the students with a lack of mental math and Vedic math.
However, the decision did not go down well with primary school teachers. They said that instead of spending time on extracurricular activities, the focus should be on covering the syllabus.
District Chairman of the Rajkiya Prathmik Shikshak Sangh, Amit Chhabra, said: “We are not against the activities, but too many activities are not good either.”
He added: “There is already a shortage of staff and the available teachers are also organizing and preparing various activities. Little attention is paid to the basic study and syllabus of the students.”
Ambala District Education Officer Sudhir Kalra said: “It is a good initiative. The department has issued full guidelines. Such competitions will motivate the students, publicize them and also help the students in learning mathematics. We are convinced that such competitions will strengthen the base of the students.”
To start next month
- A school-level competition will be held in October
- Cluster and block level competition will be held from November 2 to 14 and November 22 to 30, respectively.
- From December 1 to 15 and from December 16 to 31, district and state competitions are held.