In an attempt to make mathematics fun for students and improve the quality of teaching, the state has decided to introduce tools for hands-on learning.

According to a government resolution issued by the school education department, schools will have to procure tools for students that will help them understand mathematical concepts better.

The state has suggested the use of 13 tools such as counting beads, mathematics mats, geo boards to learn geometry, scales and measuring tapes, notes and coins, measuring tapes, scales, and judo blocks for class I to V students. “Various surveys have own that students lag be shown that students lag behind in language and mathematics. Poor performance in mathematics is due to fear among students for the subject and one of the main reasons for this fear is the current teaching methodology,” said Nandkumar, secretary, school education department. “If we want students to not fear mathematics, their concepts have to be clear. This can be done if we use tools and demonstrate. Some teachers are already trying to use tools, but are not yielding results because the tools are not scientific. Teachers need to review what they are using and learn new techniques that work with students today,” he added.

Schools will have to purchase or create one set of these tools for every six students. “The tools might cost Rs 4,000-Rs 5,000, but will help students learn much better than they do today. Once parents see the change, they might be willing to assist schools in buying the tools. Schools could also seek funds from local government bodies or corporates as part of corporate social responsibility,” said Nandkumar.

Teachers will have to undergo three-day training before they begin to use the tools in classroom. The department has asked schools to fill out forms to seek slots for workshops once they have the necessary tools in place.

Teachers have welcomed the move. “Activity-based learning is necessary to teach students better. It will help them understand concepts and not fear the subject,” said Anil Bornare, a teacher.