Thursday, 6 October, 2022

Understanding Pain and Pleasure of Students

Md. Abdur Rahim

Understanding Pain and Pleasure of Students

In recent years, a remarkable change is being observed in the behaviour of the students. Especially their tremendous addiction to the mobile phone has become a matter of great concern. Some use it clandestinely while some use it openly. But during the closure of the schools due to the coronavirus pandemic disease, the children got the legitimate right to use the smartphone to be connected with the online classes. In- person classes have been going on in full swing for many days. But students’ addiction to the mobile phone has not diminished. If the schools can’t attract the students with pleasure-oriented programmes, their such addiction to the mobile phone will continue unabated. The part of joy in the life of students is diminishing. They are forced to run after GPA-5. Most of the guardians want their children’s good academic results and nothing else. So, children are running like machines. We all have snatched away their joys and pleasures. Every child wants to take part in enjoyable activities. It is a natural instinct. But where and when will the students get pleasure? Their life is tied to a tight routine where there is study, study and nothing but study. That is, the conflict between study and co-curricular activities is on the increase as students cannot but give all their attention to the academic performance. Guardians consider the children’s good academic results as the benchmark of their success.

Pleasure-oriented activities make life meaningful, promoting good mental and physical health. For want of pleasure, students become extremely obstinate and ill-tempered. Thus, their overall growth is not developed properly. When teachers try to involve students in co-curricular activities, the guardians hardly co-operate with them because they think that their children’s private coaching classes will be hampered at this. In spite of this reality, some students come forward and participate in different co-curricular activities overcoming all obstacles. Our students who take part in different competitions arranged by the government and non-government organisations every year are smart, polite, co-operative and sportive. They know how to deal with others and how to talk and mix with others. They grow up with some great qualities like humanity, generosity and patience.

Every student has the curiosity about the school library, common room, computer lab. etc, But they hardly have access to these rooms. Many students want to form debating club, language club, computer club and science club. But many schools can’t provide the students with these facilities properly. Almost all schools have a rich school library. But the fact is that, most of the schools’ libraries remain under lock and key all the year round. As there is no post of a librarian in the government high school, it becomes difficult to keep the library room open for the students’ use. Some years ago, I watched an educative programme on Channel-I presented by Mr Shaikh Siraj with the participation of hundreds of students from different schools. At one stage, the presenter asked the students, “Whose schools have a library?” All the students raised their hands in great joy. Again he asked them, “Who has entered the library?” No student raised his hand this time. The same silence was observed when the students were asked whether they had the access to the computer lab.

The students in the double shift schools don’t get more than 20 minutes for the leisure time (tiffin period). While taking tiffin, the students can’t sense how their 20 minutes have passed. How can they think of going to the common room to play indoor games. Every school should have a big common room equipped with different sports materials like table-tennis, carom board, chess-board etc. By playing indoor games in the school common room, a student can be a great player increasing the reputation of the school. The schools can be turned into a hub of pleasure if we can ensure students’ regular access to the common room, school library, science lab and computer lab.

We teach the students a paragraph on “A School Magazine.” But how many schools publish a school magazine regularly? There are a lot of schools which do not publish a school magazine for ages. A school Magazine is the first stepping stone for the future writers. Many great poets developed their literary talent by writing in the school magazine. so, we can make the school more attractive by publishing a school magazine regularly.

Some days ago our science teachers arranged a science fair for the students of class nine. About 200 students being divided into some groups presented their projects which were very innovative and time befitting. All the students of class nine were present on that day. Their spontaneous participation pleased us all. We were charmed at their excellent presentation. So, pleasure-oriented and innovative programmes should be arranged all the year round. Some days ago the students of class ten of our school expressed their opinions (working in groups) on how to make the secondary schools more attractive. The gist of their opinions has been cited below.

1. Students must have the access to the school library to read and borrow books.

2. Practical classes for the science students should be taken regularly with adequate and  modern equipment.

3. Different types of clubs should be formed.

4. Study tours should be arranged every year.

5. Good tiffin should be provided.

6. All teachers should be friendly.

7. Giving the opportunity to use common room.

8. Duration of the leisure time (tiffin period) should be one hour.

9. A beautiful playground is needed.

10. Different co-curricular activities should be arranged.

It is expected that the activities of the secondary schools will be more attractive with the introduction of the new curriculum the next year.


The writer is a Senior Teacher, Sabera Sobhan Govt. Girls’ High School, Brahmanbaria Sadar