SRINAGAR: A teacher, whose unique method of teaching English to primary class children of a government school was the subject of a video that went viral on social networking sites, was felicitated by education minister Naeem Akthar on Tuesday.
According to an official spokesman, Mohammad Yusuf Rather (Gulfam) said he uses “Slogan Method”, “Rhyme Method” and “Art Method” in his classroom to simplify the process of teaching and learning.
“All three languages, Kashmiri, Urdu and English, are used in these methods which become a tool for students to remember their lessons very easily,” he said.
Yusuf, who thanked Akhtar for recognizing his efforts, joined the Education Department in 2004 as a Rehber-e-Taleem and got regularized in 2009.
“After devising these methods, I realised that the students found it very easy to remember their lessons,” he said.
Yusuf teaches at Government Boys Primary School in Aglar from where he himself was a student once. He has a BA from Kashmir University.
Although his parents are illiterate, Yusuf was inclined towards education from early years and he didn’t let the death of his mother at a very early stage of his life affect his schooling.
“My Mother passed away when I was a child. Father was a farmer. I learnt cooking when I was in class 6th. Till the time I completed my graduation, I used to cook food for the family,” Yusuf, who has two sons and a daughter, said.
“Although one of my sons, Aamir Yusuf, did his schooling from a private school, he is not as bright and capable as my other two children – daughter Shahida Yusuf and son, Showkeen Yusuf,” he added.
Akhtar, the official spokesman added, said it is a matter of great honour for the education department to have such bright teachers.