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Assignment on 'advantages of demonetisation' to 7th graders of an English medium school: A case illustration of bad pedagogy
The case illustration is about Deepankar Chaudhary (13, name changed), who had earlier studied in Hindi-medium school up to grade five with English as an additional language, was shifted to an English medium school in Jaipur.
He had been studying in the new school for the last two years with a compulsory subjects of 'information technology' for which extra 'computer science lab fee' has been charged and he has to study General Knowledge (GK) also for which a book has also been prescribed.

The GK teacher (30, female) of the school gave a 'short note assignment' to seventh graders on the 'advantages of demonetisation' by 'accessing information' from internet, newspaper, family members and informed neighbours. The assignment was to be done as a part of homework for short winter break.

Deepankar was able to complete the homework of other subjects since it was related to copying mechanically certain things from the textbooks.

However, till the last day of the winter break, the GK assignment was incomplete since Deepankar's father (MA, B.Ed, works in an office) who does not have internet connection at home, though promised his son the down-loaded information on the topic from his office or hand over completed assignment by an internet cafe through payment, failed to do so which made Deepankar panicky.

Deepankar became frantic; he went to a tutor to help him out and be paid for it but was refused help since the tutor said that she taught only 'English' from the prescribed content. Then, he tried to read some English papers but could make sense of the information since his language competence was far low than the professionally written news stories and editorials on the topic.

However, the tutor suggested Deepankar to go to a person in the neighbourhood, who works in an NGO on alternative education and child rights issues, for help.

The NGO functionary taught Deepankar how to access information from the net; he sorted out relevant phrases, and rephrased them in simple words and some bullet points in half a page as a short note. He made Deepankar to list out the links accessed and names of the people consulted.

However, Deepankar was relieved but he remarked, "My teacher wanted a short note, which she will not even read but just file it." Deepankar thanked the NGO functionary for having saved him from the 'punishment' by the school.

It seems that schools are indulging in bad pedagogy and forcing children to cheat by not empowering them to do the relevant work and accepting ready-made or purchased work.

In the name of 'research work' and 'project work' a parallel education industry of 'black education' is getting promoted by 'bad pedagogy' of the schools.

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