Private School Teachers to be given Abacus Training
Taking cue from the success of Abacus training given to government school teachers by the district administration during the last academic year, the Telangana Recognised Schools Management Association ( TRSMA ), Karimnagar district unit, has decided to impart the Abacus training to private school teachers also.
The TRSMA district unit has decided to impart special training to teachers of mathematics and others interested in the subject in private schools at Valmiki High School here from 21st April, 2013 to 25th April, 2013.
Disclosing this to newsmen here on 13th April, 2013, TRSMA district president Y. Shekhar Rao, general secretary Ramachandra Reddy, and Abacus trainer A. Gangadhar said that they would also distribute Abacus study material and books free of cost to the private teachers attending the training programme. They said that they had decided to provide special Abacus training to the private school teachers to compete with the government schools in the mathematics education.
They said that the Abacus training was aimed at removing the phobia of maths among teachers and help them teach the subject with ease.
Abacus Method likely in all Chennai Schools
Moments after a teacher posed questions to a group of Class I students of Chennai School, Saidapet, mathematically precise answers from all the young minds reverberated in scientific unison.
The group was the first to undergo training program in Abacus method initiated by the Chennai Corporation on Friday.
Others would have taken, at least, a few minutes to answer the same questions. The Abacus method discounts the need for use of paper and pen to work out an arithmetic problem, according to G. Aruna, a Chennai School teacher.
“The long – term goal of such programs is to send students of Chennai Schools to institutes of excellence such as IIT,” said Mayor Subramanian.
“Chennai School students will soon excel in Mathematics. The program for IIT coaching will start next Monday. We hope to make our students one of the best brains in the country,” he added.
Ten teachers and 100 students were initially identified for the Abacus training program, offered free of cost. There are plans to extend the program to all Chennai Schools.
“The Abacus method also aids cognitive development of the student,” said Kavitha Sridhar, a trainer.
“The training improves coordination between hands, eyes and brain which is crucial in development of the student,” said V. Meenakshi, another teacher of Chennai School.
Deputy Commissioner (Education) M. Balaji stressed the need for effective use of the training program by students.