In the previous post, I had discussed why students are bunking classes at school and college.
The reasons included for bunking classes:
- Increase in job opportunities
- Increase in coaching classes
- Bored in college
- Online knowledge
- Just like that
- Other reasons – doing jobs to support their families, not completing homework, sleeping till late, being in relationships, and so on.
In this post, I’d like to discuss what schools, colleges, and educational institutions can do to stop children from bunking class and lectures.
Here are six effective steps to get the desired results and reduce bunking classes of students:
1. Infuse Interest
The Delhi government proposed techniques like using CCTV cameras and punishing students for bunking lectures. This might show short term results, but it’s not a sustainable (or even a genuine) method. Children and adolescents like to be stimulated, not dominated. They enjoy classes where teachers and lecturers are creative and interesting.
Aim to add brighten lectures with interesting visuals, lingo and slang that sound fun to students, and stories whose morals connect with the topic being taught. The more children find lectures interesting, the more their attendance will improve.
2. Introduce Practicality
We must admit that the Indian education system is dominated by theoretic. The prominence on rote-learning and redundant examples makes the curriculum boring for children. And who can blame them? How much fun would a seminar be for you if the speakers only talk theory?
Bruce Lee believed that people learn by doing. We must take a leaf out of his book and encourage children to learn through practical examples. Teachers and lecturers must share relevant examples for students to grasp concepts better and strengthen their understanding.
3. Learning Hands-On
Another aspect of practical learning includes working hands on. This could be case studies and projects that the corporate world is currently grappling with. Deans and heads of departments can approach corporate offices and request them for such projects, work with the students on them, and submit a report back to the corporate.
At Enjay, we share some of our case studies and challenges with colleges nearby. This doesn’t just give students insights on the working of the corporate world and how they should stay updated with the skill required. It also gives us a peek into the good students and absorb them for our company.
This is why we recommend that college faculty stay connected with corporate houses that come for campus placement. These projects are a great way to increase the number of students that get placed, and increase student participation in education.
4. Teaching Through Questions
Most pedagogical teaching methods involve giving students questions and answers at the same time (or within minutes of each other). When children don’t feel stimulated or don’t have to think hard, they get bored quickly. This in turn leads to bunking of lectures.
To overcome this, teachers must learn and adopt the most useful skill in today’s times – questioning. They must ask students open-ended questions to guide the latter to find answers for themselves. When students find their own solutions, their self-esteem gets a boost and they become sharper thinkers and learners.
5. Imbibing Good Habits in Children
When students get bored, they generally turn to social media and Netflix for entertainment. The time they spend on smartphones and computer screens is not just wasted; it also exhausts them and makes them sleep late. As a result, they wake up late the following morning and end up bunking the first lecture or two.
Teachers and professors can encourage children to imbibe the right habits when the children look up to them as role models. This happens when students see their teachers as passionate and compassionate subject matter experts who help students open their own horizons.
To become interesting, you should be interested in what your students are really looking for and give it to them. Then, when you encourage them to adopt good life habits, they will be eager to do the same.
6. Win the Popular Students
This is a short-term psychological hack that can yield positive results as far as student attendance is concerned. If popular students of the class begin to attend lectures regularly, their peers will follow suit.
Target the most popular students and work out ethical ways to make them attend lectures on a regular basis. They will tell their friends to sit for lectures as well, and schools and colleges will quickly get the results they want.
But a point to note is that this is just a short-term hack. In the long run, if students lose interest, you’ll be right back where you started.
Bunking is never personal. Yes, students do it because it’s cool but you’ll notice that they do it for lectures which they don’t find interesting and useful.
The current educational system is long overdue for a revamp to enable children to develop skills relevant to the current scenario. While such a revamp will take time, faculties can take small steps like the ones mentioned above to improve student interest, get them to attend classes, and prepare them for a better future.
What do you feel educational institutions can do to reduce the number of students bunking classes? Do leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.