HM awarded ‘National Award for Teachers’ for bringing change

Mewat: While other government schools wait until they finally have to close down schools for no students enrolled or discontinuing studies, an elementary school HM in Mewat worked hard to bring down the dropout rate in Haryana’s most backward district.

Mr. Basruddin Khan from Haryana received the ‘National Award for Teachers’ on Teacher’s Day, for his contribution towards education in the District, enrolment of school students and bringing down the drop-out rates of girls in Mewat, TOI reported.

PM Modi too took note of his hard work and congratulated him for winning the award.

“Shri Basruddin Khan… has played a key role in promoting the education of girls. He has also made a significant contribution towards identification and enrolment of out-of-school children. Congratulations to him for the National Award for Teachers,” PM tweeted on Tuesday.

Apart from Mr Khan, Delhi’s Geeta Gangwani was also among several teachers who received similar tweets of appreciation.

In Muslim- majority conservative district like Mewat, Mr Khan a 54-year-old science and maths teacher, played a very important role in enrolling students in his school while bringing down the rate of drop-outs along with spreading awareness of vaccination in the district and roped in NGO services to launch ‘Udaan’ a programme specifically to ensure girl education.

The students attendance in at least three villages where Khan worked has dramatically increased. Starting his career back in 1993 in Jharpuri village where only 20 students were enrolled for classes VI to VII was increased to 57 at the time he was leaving serving two years.

Government Model Sanskriti Senior School students shot up from 96 to 638 in Siroli village when he Mr Khan had worked for 18 years between 1995 to 2013. With a 100 percent pass record for several years.

Mr Khan was then posted at the Government Middle School in Tappan for the past five years, and he has managed to persuade various agencies and NGOs to invest nearly Rs 1.7 crore to improve the school’s infrastructure.

His routine over the past 25 years have hardly changed where he leaves for the school around 7 am and stays in the school until 7 pm providing students extra classes after school while preparing notes for the next day.

“You have to involve children. There is so much to play within science and maths. Whenever something is taught practically, kids learn faster and get more curious about it. Then, there is no looking back,” says Mr Khan.