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Meet the teacher in Ajmer who is teaching Math to 50 girls for free

Think Change India
7th Mar 2016
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Inspired by Bihar’s Super 30 model, Sunil Jose, a teacher at a missionary school in Ajmer, Rajasthan, has started free coaching for 50 girls of class X. These girls are students of various government schools. He has been coaching these students for the past five years after regular class hours. For the past one year he has been coaching them at Government Girls Senior Secondary School at Srinagar Road for two-three hours daily. Most of the girls are from this school that does not have a math teacher for the past one year.

Representational Image, Source- GoodFon
Representational Image, Source- GoodFon

He was given a classroom here where these girls stay back after school and some others from nearby areas join them for the class held six days a week. Hailing from Kerala, Sunil came to Ajmer two decades ago to teach at St Anselm’s Senior Secondary School in Ajmer. He observed that the pass percentage in Math in both class X and XII is miserably low. “I saw that many girls in my locality dropped out after class X and found out that learning outcome in mathematics is very poor. Once I settled in the city, I decided to teach them. For two years, I taught few girls at my house for free. When their results were good, I was approached by a government school to teach Math once in a week and that’s how it all started,” said Sunil, in a report in The Times Of India. Mamta Songra, principal of Government Girls Senior Secondary School in Ajmer, said Sunil taught all 55 girls of Class X till December. “His remarkable teaching skills led to a 100 per cent pass percentage in pre-boards. I hope my students will repeat the same performance in the board exams,” Mamta said.

Over the years, people from other professions have joined to support these girls. Now they follow a systemic method for choosing girls eligible for coaching. They monitor the performance of girl students in Math in nearby government and low-cost private schools. Here, they identify those girls who are from poor background and show an eagerness to study.

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