This year before going to Kakrana he asked me what he should teach. I told him to teach the students of class eight maths and clear their doubts so that they could do well in the impending examinations. Earlier, Sandeep, Swapanda's nephew, Arjun and I have done some maths teaching off and on whenever we have spent a few days there. The big problem is that Kakrana is so remote that there are no good teachers there to teach maths properly. Despite many appeals having been sent out, so far no young student has agreed to intern there and provide maths and science education to the students for a few weeks or months. So now with the board examinations just a few weeks away, the students decided to make the most of Ishaan's expertise. They put in two hours each day in the evening after dinner and they took advantage of the Shiva holiday to put in a marathon math session.
The texts prepared by the Madhya Pradesh Board adapted from the books prepared by the National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) are well designed with good problems to test the understanding of the students. However, in the absence of good teachers these texts are not taught properly and so most children aren't able to comprehend them well. The whole government school system and most private schools too promote learning by rote even for maths in the absence of good teachers. No wonder then that millions of people in this country pour milk on Shiva which they find to be a more meaningful activity than learn maths from incompetent teachers.