Gurukulam school principal in suburb gets Best Teacher award

By Balasubramani Muniyandi Published on Sep 12, 2018 11:20 AM IST

Chennai: Valluvar Gurukulam School principal Sai Sudha, who received the Dr Radhakrishnan Best Teacher Award for 2017-18, instituted by the State government, at a function on 5 September at Kalaivanar Arangam in the City, says that she not only focuses on education of the students but also their overall development.

In a chat with 'News Today,' she says that the teacher-student bonding is not the same as it was 10 years ago.

‘Students these days do not have a strong connect with the teachers and the fault also lies with the teachers. The influence of teachers on the students is what makes or breaks society,’ she says.

About the award she received recently, Sudha says, "‘The credit should first go to my school correspondent, D K Srinivasan, who trusted me and made me the principal. I am trying to make use of all the experience which I have got in 20 years of teaching."’

Sudha strongly believes that students should not be confined only to studies. "‘I make sure that students appearing for the board exams take part in sports and other activities. This will relax their minds and ultimately have a positive impact on their studies,"’ she says.

The principal says, "‘I am strict whenever needed, but apart from that I am always approachable. I have regular interactions with the girl students of the school. I get to know their problems and give possible suggestions. At times, I even tell them how to use sanitary pads. I feel that all these are also the job of a teacher. I insist that the teachers be friendly with the students."’

She has placed a suggestion box in which the students can drop letters detailing their problems and grievances which will be addressed at the earliest, she assured.

Expressing her view on how the teaching profession has changed over the years, Sudha says, "‘I must admit that the commitment teachers had in the past is missing now. I was inspired by my B A teacher Insuvai to take up the profession. I make it a point to wish her on every Teachers Day.’  About her plans for the future, the principal wants to ensure that the school gets 100 per cent result."

‘"When I joined the school in 2007, there were 425 students, now the number has increased to 1,208. Students join a school not just because of academics but also the extra-curricular activities provided by the school. We have various development programmes including yoga which will help develop a better nation,"’ she says.