The SSA is a flagship programme for the universalisation of elementary education initiated by the government of India. The programme seeks to open new schools in those habitations which do not have schooling facilities and strengthen existing school infrastructure.
“We have already set up the infrastructure of smart classrooms in 2,000 out of 5,300 schools in the state. This year, we are targeting 500 more schools of the state. This is only for the upper primary government schools. This method is more interactive and students can evaluate themselves. Even if there aren’t any teachers in the classroom, then through computer and internet, students can clear their doubts. This will put an end to the boring one-sided classroom lectures,” Mission director of SSA, LS Changsan said.
Learning materials in local languages has been developed based on the state curriculum including 64 CDs of science, mathematics, and English in Assamese, Bodo, and Bengali through animation. The SSA’s concept of smart classroom evolved with the mechanism of computer-aided classrooms to expose the students to their peers at the national level, she added.
“We are covering all schools in a phase-wise manner and in the future the number of schools will keep on increasing. We have given the schools LCD televisions, projectors, computers and audio-visual systems. As the audio-visual mode is more interesting, the concept will become clearer to students. The smart classrooms also consist of multimedia playerwith interactive code and reference library. Moreover, we give the schools Rs 10,000 a year for maintenance and electricity charges,” Changsan said.
The project is basically a learning enhancement programme to help the students to raise curiosity and help them to learn better and much faster. The students learn better through demonstrations rather than reading textbooks, according to her.
“This makes the concept of the students more clear,” she said.
Apart from developing the learning materials in local languages, the English version was also developed only for when it became difficult for the students to learn. “We have tried to explain everything through animation to make learning more interesting,” said SSA official RM Kakoty.
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