Today, when we arrived at The Sreepur Village’s main gate all of the children of grade four were also wandering in and, in spite of the cloudy and rather wet weather, they were all happily awaiting their teacher to escort them to school.
When our communications team told them that we would go with them they became even more excited. To teach our grade four students we appoint two experienced teachers from outside government primary schools and at around 12 noon until early afternoon, it is these teachers that take the grade four pupils to and from school, one kilometre from The Sreepur Village.
You may be aware that since the beginning of the year, we have adopted a particular method for educating our children, which involves our grade four students attending school outside The Sreepur Village. From next year this will also apply to all grade five students.
At present, the grade four students are taking part of their Second Terminal Annual Examination and today is their last test. With the teacher taking the lead, we together walked the team of 16 students to school and rather than anticipate what questions may arise they, instead, discussed what they would be doing on the three-day holiday following their last test. At that moment, the teacher interrupted their conversations and asked them about their exam preparations and, as quick as the discussions had originally started, the pupils were separated and dispersed around the road.
With regard to the school examination system, the primary school’s academic year is divided into three terms. After the end of each term (approx. three and a half-months) they take an exam to assess what they have learnt, which is why this second term exam today was highly important.
For an insight in to attending school outside The Sreepur Village we grabbed the attention of Mamun, the leader of the team because he is the tallest boy in the group. He said, “I love going to school from my home and even though sir or madam is with us, we still get a chance to have fun. It's just so cool to go out and about and we also get to have double snacks, which we love”. Finally, he solemnly added, “In spite of the fact we have been suffering from tests these last few days, in just a few hours it will all be over.”
When we reached the school, we had five minutes until the test was to begin so everyone ran into the exam hall. This gave us the opportunity to talk to their teacher Rahima who said, “These children are a little different from other school students. They are very aware of discipline. Everyone in the school appreciates their drawings. They participate in various cultural programmes. As the representatives of the school we are delighted to be able to teach them.”
Finally, we left the team of 16 students to take their test and when they came back in the afternoon they were not just planning their vacation time, but also portraying signs of fear with the test results soon approaching. In just a few days, the results of the Second Terminal Annual Examination test will be published but until then it is all fun, fun, fun. Good luck folks!