Teachers’ Diary: As a child I was weak in studies, but I did PhD in mathematics and now teach maths
Reena Srivastava, born in the small village Dariha Mohalla in Basti District of Uttar Pradesh, teaches mathematics as a lecturer at B.N. Inter College, Akbarpur, Ambedkar Nagar, Uttar Pradesh since 2021. Here is her account of how she became a lecturer.
Reena Srivastava 7 April 2023 10:39 AM GMT
I was very weak in my studies during my primary education and went to a rural school situated in Basti, the reason being I was the youngest in my family. Therefore, my parents were never very concerned about my studies, and I was also the most pampered child. For the same reason, I never scored very well. My elder brother did very well in mathematics, and I was the weakest. Many of my relatives also used to taunt me for not studying.
I slowly started getting interested in studies and when I took admission in Begum Kher Inter College for intermediate, the support of my teachers there proved to be a landmark for me, and since then I never looked back.
The same people who would taunt me for not studying started asking me to get some sleep. Then I went on to pursue my B.Sc from Shivharsh Kisan PG College, Basti UP in the year 2009 in mathematics, the subject I used to be weakest at. Then I did MSc in the year 2011 and then a Ph.D. in mathematics in the year 2018 from Gorakhpur University.
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I always topped my university as well. In the year 2021, I got selected for the 40 vacancies opened by the UP government in the field of mathematics. And now I am teaching at B.N Inter College, Akbarpur, UP from 2021.
I love teaching, that’s why I always try to teach in such a way that students don’t get bored. When they enjoy studying, they won’t even indulge in creating noise in class. We should let children study what they want to and shouldn’t force them.
The students I happen to teach come from very humble backgrounds so in my free time I teach them whatever subject they ask me to teach. I have also told them to come to me with whatever problems they face without hesitation, I love helping students solve their problems.
As told to Danish Iqbal, an intern with Gaon Connection. Translated by Mahima Gujjar.
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