Sanjeev Kumar, a resident of Bhatinda and a teacher of mathematics with over 18 years experience of teaching at various Kendriya Vidyalaya’s across India, Sanjeev is now at the forefront of a new role – digital educator.
“People have this notion that government school teachers only take their salary every month and do no work. That is exactly what I wish to change,” says Sanjeev, who wishes to play a small part in changing that perception. “I did my own research and understood how I could use technology to reach kids and teach them during pandemic”,he added.
On 1st of April 2020, he had 350 students join him for a maths test. “It was then a responsibility that was placed upon me and I had to ensure that I taught them well,” he says.
A government school student all his life, Sanjeev himself decided to become a government school teacher and has been teaching at Kendriya Vidyalaya (KV) for about 18 years now. He currently is teaching at KV Bhatinda Cantonment school. He teaches Math to students of grades 8 and above.
Since these online sessions that Sanjeev conducts are absolutely free of charge, he mentions that almost Rs 20,000 is put into these efforts each month from his own salary.
“Initially I started using the free Zoom account, but that would give me only forty minutes of class time. I then decided to upgrade the account and spend USD 70 each month on the upgraded account,” he says.
This upgraded account also allows Sanjeev to accommodate 500 students in each online session. Without hesitating Sanjeev shared, “I earn Rs 80,000 every month as salary, my wife who is also a teacher earns about the same. Our needs are limited and we have consciously decided to keep aside Rs 20,000 each month, which we can utilise to teach children and be of use.”
It is the perception that people have of government schools and its teachers that irks Sanjeev, and all he does is to change that.
Report: Better India