Education during Covid times

Schools all over India have remain closed since mid-March 2020. There have been a lot of discussion about reopening schools during the last 10 months but only now a decision has been taken to open the schools for just class 10 and 12 students. Still there is little sign of reopening of schools for theContinue reading “Education during Covid times”

Purpose of Education

Asha’s mission statement reads “TO CATALYZE SOCIO-ECONOMIC CHANGE IN INDIA THROUGH THE EDUCATION OF UNDERPRIVILEGED CHILDREN”. I fully subscribe to this faith in the ability of basic education to eventually create a social transformation. Any other direct engagement to try and create social transformation of whatever kind (eg. gender equality) will falter without basic education.Continue reading “Purpose of Education”

Rote Learning

Last week I visited several schools in rural Thiruvallur. Recent rains had filled the landscape with greens of all shades. In this beautiful rural setting was this school that we are supporting. I went and sat in the 4th std class that our Asha teacher was teaching. It was Tamil period and she had finishedContinue reading “Rote Learning”

Technology and Education

There are many ways to use technology to enhance learning. I find often that technology aided learning is equated with using videos and presentations in classrooms. There are several other ways in which technology can be used in enhancing learning and often much more effectively. I am going to briefly touch upon what I considerContinue reading “Technology and Education”

What Ails Education in Tamilnadu?

For a number of years Tamilnadu was held up as a model state for socio-economic development. Basic governmental functions work well in Tamilnadu. eg. Medical care through a network of public health centres (PHCs) and hospitals. Urbanisation and economic development. Functioning of the Public Distribution System (PDS) or ration shops. Establishment of network of schoolsContinue reading “What Ails Education in Tamilnadu?”


I wanted to talk a bit about my thoughts on Assessments here. Firstly assessment need not just be in the form of examinations. Exams are only a part of assessments. What are some of the purposes of assessments? For the teacher to learn what the students know. It is extremely important for the teacher toContinue reading “Assessments”

Why have I started to blog?

I am Rajaram. I am working in the field of education for the underprivileged in India for the last several years. I have been doing this as a part of Asha for Education. I used to work as a software engineer. But for the last 4+ years I have been volunteering full-time for this cause. AshaContinue reading “Why have I started to blog?”

Government Schools -Popular Misconceptions

I have mostly been working with government schools in Tamilnadu. I have worked with schools both in Chennai city and in rural areas of Thiruvallur, Thoothukudi, Viluppuram, Thiruvannamalai and Kanchipuram districts. I often find a lot of people misinformed about these schools including sometimes the teachers who teach there and parents who send their childrenContinue reading “Government Schools -Popular Misconceptions”

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