Smaller classrooms produce better students

Gh Dabhad
Filed on December 26, 2019

I am an educational expert and I am saying this with experience.

How UAE has schooled a future-ready generation (KT, Dec 24) was an interesting read. I believe the western world has experienced a stagnation in innovation since the 19th century and has been delivering schooling in much of a similar setting -- large classroom sizes.

I am of the opinion that we should be in a fifth stage of delivering teaching and receiving learning. Have you seen what personalised learning can do for the learner when the pace of learning is optimised for the needs of the learner?

Teachers who are able to react to the needs of each individual child according to his or her learning capabilities, interests, and aptitude in small groups of say, four children, can make learning more productive and much pacier. Modern classrooms of 20 to 30 children cannot possibly get that sort of a result for all students. Conduct a trial, one setting with lesser qualified staff in a class of say four or five and other with a teacher and 25-30 students, and compare the learning results. You will be surprised at the outcome. I am an educational expert and I am saying this with experience.

- Gh Dabhad, KT website

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