Chennai, Dec 5 (): Seconds after a teacher posed questions to a group of 1st standard students of Chennai School, mathematically precise answers from all the young minds reverberated in unanimity.
It was the first group to undergo training programme in Abacus method initiated by the Chennai Corporation. It would have taken, at least, a few minutes for others to answer such mathematical questions, whereas these students completed it within seconds.
According to Chennai School teacher, Ms.G.Aruna, the Abacus method discounts the need for use of paper and pen to work out an arithmetic problem.
The futuristic goal of such programmes is to send students of Chennai Schools to institutes of excellence such as IIT, said Mayor Subramanian.
There were 100 students and 10 teachers who were initially identified for the Abacus training programme, offered for free of cost. The mayor explained that there are plans to extend the programme to all Chennai Schools.
The Abacus technique also helps cognitive development of the student, said trainer – Kavitha Sridhar.
The training improves synchronization between hands, eyes and brain which is vital in development of the student, said V. Meenakshi, teacher of Chennai School.
Deputy Commissioner of Education Mr.M. Balaji stressed the need for efficient use of the training programme by students.