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Remedial classes - a safety valve for new age students
In modern times, the concept of remedial programmes and classes has been the talk of the town in primary level education for various reasons. The pros and cons of providing remedial classes are debated at various spectrums of education whether it is the school, parents or government – everyone has some say on it. It seems the benefits of such remedial classes overweigh its cons in many ways.

The basic purpose of setting up remedial course is to build basic skills of students in the area of reading, writing, and math calculation (where weakness is seen). When there is a communication gap between teachers and students ie the student is unable to take or understand some concept or application in the regular classes taught by the teacher and the teacher is unable to teach or send his/her message across rightly to students, then a gap is created between what students understand and what they are expected to understand. And there comes the role of remedial classes which work as a bridge between the two. In fact, it is an effective replacement for private tuition.

It is seen that a majority of students of classes III and IV are not up to the mark and their standards of learning and understanding don't match up with the expected levels. Here, the role of remedial classes becomes necessary as booster for students to gain more grasp of subjects/ ideas/rules.

Remedial programmes focus on basic concept in any subjects and that must be understood before advance ideas be applied.

Not all students are lacking in the same way and require personal attention so remedial classes must be tailor-made to suit the mental level of each student without putting over content and pace.

Remedial classes should be programmed in such a way that they must include assessment and evaluation of students so as to know if the students satisfactorily show improvement to get promotion to the next standard.

Whereas a trained and experienced teacher is prerequisite for remedial programme, the teacher must also understand that such programmes are dynamic in nature and require frequent updates and improvement to take up the challenges of weak students.

It is expected of schools and teachers that all remedial programmes must be research-based and updated as there are problems associated with creating and implementing such classes.

The first problem in remedial classes is lack of quality teaching material as most of the teaching content is developed in view of group teaching at regular classes. The second problem is even more grave where the teacher has to prepare for unexpectedly large number of students in a single class and most of participating students are under-prepared and not up to the mark. The third big problem is associated with parents and their psychology as it is seen that most of the parents find it embarrassing to send their wards for remedial classes.

Although, the importance of remedial classes is evident, success of any remedial programme lies in authentic research, teaching expertise and wider acceptance by society.

Editorial NOTE: This article is categorized under Opinion Section. The views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of merinews.com. In case you have a opposing view, please click here to share the same in the comments section.
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