Rajinder Kumar, 44, a teacher at the Wara Bhaika State Elementary School in the Jaitu Subdivision of Faridkot, has been selected by the Union Ministry of Education for the 2020 National Awards to Teachers. He is one of 47 teachers from across the county and only Punjab selected for the prestigious award.
The prizes will be awarded on Teacher’s Day, which takes place on September 5th.
Kumar started his teaching career in 2008 as a co-teacher in Wara Bhaika village in the district. As an MSc in Physics and Bachelor of Education, Kumar quickly became famous for improving students’ practical skills by introducing innovative teaching techniques and developing inexpensive modern teaching materials.
“I was hired by contract and got a permanent position after three years. When I came to school in 2008, I realized that primary education was the most important role in career building, but nobody gave it any meaning. Teaching techniques in state schools were not modern in my early years and because of this, students were not interested in studying. I’ve decided to change it, ”said Kumar.
“Me and my wife, who also have an MSc in Physics, teach at the same school. We both got promotions to science teachers, but we turned them down because we wanted to work in elementary school classes. In the last few years we have developed new interesting teaching techniques that we have shared with other schools. As a result, the students showed more interest in studying, ”he said.
“As a physics student, I’ve always been interested in electronics and I enjoy working on machines. I’ve put together a team of volunteers, including carpenters and electricians, and together we develop new equipment. We developed a hearing laboratory in the school for only 1,200 rupees, which is around 35,000 rupees in the market, ”he said.
He said that all of the classrooms in Wara Bhaika School are smart and the school also has an e-library. “I have also prepared e-content for the study of students through new and innovative techniques,” he added.