N Tamilselvan is a teacher with a mission accomplished. A Maths teacher at a government high school, nearly all his Tamil medium students have passed in their Class 12 Math exam for the last 15 years.
During the pandemic period, he has put out videos of him teaching Class 10, 11 and 12 Math lessons on YouTube at his own cost.
A post graduate, Tamilselvan now teaches at the Kalapatti, Coimbatore Government High School. His father, a mill worker, had studied up to Class 1. His mother had never gone to school and his two sisters did not study beyond middle school. Tamilselvan is the first graduate in his family.
Tamilselvan finished his BSc at the PSG Arts & Science College, MSc at Coimbatore Government Arts College and BEd at Ramakrishnan Mission Vidyalaya. After MEd at Annamalai University and MPhil at Periyar University, he worked in Chinnavedampatti Thavathiru Ramananda Adigalar High School as Maths teacher from 1991 to 2004. From 2004, he worked at Kannampalayam Government High School for 14 years. After a one year stint at Jembanayakkanpalayam, he is now teaching Maths at Kalapatti.
During the Corona period, he has put out videos of him teaching Class 10, 11 and 12 Math lessons on YouTube at his own cost.
In the Chinnavedampatti and Kannampalayam schools, all his students passed their Class 12 Maths exam over a 15 year period. “Many of them scored good marks. A couple of students did not pass their Maths exam but they failed in other exams, too,” he says.
Most of the students at government schools are Tamil medium students and come from poor families. Tamilselvan’s method would break down Maths concepts into simple element so they could easily understand. Tamilselvan would teach all the problems appearing in the lessons in class and give assignments for five problems for each lesson. He would then hold a test in those five problems.
Later, he would prepare ten sets of question papers based on those problems and conduct exams every week. Over the year, the students would learn to solve the problems and be well prepared for the final exam. Lauding his efforts, he was given an award for boosting the pass percentage by the chief education officer.
Most of the students at government schools are Tamil medium students and come from poor families. Tamilselvan’s method would break down Maths concepts into simple element so they could easily understand
In the last two years, Tamilselvan has prepared five-minute videos each explaining one problem and how to solve it. He has prepared these videos at his own cost to aid his students who could not come to class due to the Corona lockdown. The videos are called Maths Simplified Tamil.
So far Tamilselvan has uploaded 130 such videos that cover problems in Class 10, 11 and 12. He hopes to put out 500 videos. He then hopes to make videos for Class 8 and 9 students as well as for Statistics students in higher class. “Maths is not a tough subject. If students understand and study it, they can ace that subject,” he says.