TRICHY: While teachers from government schools are often criticized for preferring private schools for their children, a government school teacher from Chidambaraviduthi in Pudukottai has admitted his five-year-old son in the same school he teaches. Even though N Arun had the option to enrol his son in a private school, he chose to set an example to instil confidence among the public in government schools, unlike his colleagues.
Arun, a secondary grade teacher for eight years at the panchayat union middle school in Chidambaraviduthi, said that his move is also aimed at changing the perception among parents about government schools. “There are a few teachers who have enrolled their wards in government schools, but not many. This has been the reason for criticism,” he said, adding that his gesture would encourage young teachers to admit their wards in government schools. “As government school teachers we are striving hard to develop the quality of education and infrastructure in these schools. Seeing our children in the same school, parents will feel confident about sending their children to government schools,” he said. Arun believes that primary education in one’s mother tongue as medium of instruction will help in inclusive growth of a child which government schools offers.
“When the society largely has a negative outlook, such an initiative will repose faith in government schools,” said A Manikandan, another government school teacher who has admitted his sons in a government school. “Unlike in the past, the state government is focusing on the development of government schools,” he added. Govindaraju, working in a school education department said, “Private schools still rely on rote learning. Government schools have adopted innovative learning methodologies and the government is also promoting it.”