Reforming Science education in rural schools

Rural schools face different problems than urban schools when it comes to improving their instruction in science.
Reforming Science education in rural schools

Rural education has always been a serious affair for the developing country , India. The quality and facility has been major drawbacks in the education system.The condition can differ across the nation.The economic sustainability can only bring major changes.

One of a major drawback the rural schools education system facing is with science subject.The subject has to gain interest among rural students and enable teachers to educate with more practical replication which might create better understanding, says Chandra Swain, a rural expert.

Rural science education reflects the circumstances, challenges, and context of places. Rural schools face different problems than urban schools when it comes to improving their instruction in science. Many of the issues are based in financial constraints but take on different forms.

The biggest challenge has been finding teachers who are willing to work in a rural community, which traditionally means their salary will be slightly lower than in nearby urban schools. Staffing problems are compounded by a lack of facilities. In very rural areas, middle schools in particular, there are simply no laboratories.

While the shortage of qualified science teachers in rural areas is not a new phenomenon, teachers not qualified in each specialisation they teach are now required to seek the necessary credentials if they are to continue teaching in that specialisation.

There is a need to find out other ways to alleviate the science teachers shortage in rural areas, such as convenient access to their programmes for prospective teachers and possibly working in rural communities or to prepare teachers for teaching in rural settings.

Potential contributing factors include social and collegial isolation, low salaries, multiple grade or subject teaching assignments and a lack of familiarity with rural schools and communities. In many cases, teachers with enough knowledge in one area might be forced to take on science teaching because of understaffing.

Nature study is a popular practice in rural schools to learn about the natural world. Bird watching, plant examination, and star glazing further the curiosity of students. This provides the setting for practicing observation skills and awaken scientific curiosity and inquiry. Field trips are one such which help expand their learning of the natural world. It helps motivate learning and enhance concepts. So there many ways as to how science can effectively taught in rural schools, even if they have limited resources. And these are just a few that can help. 

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