Teachers are considered as the role model by their children. They shape their future by working hard along with them and such a teacher with whom our team had a dialogue this time is Mr Manish Makwana.
Currently running the ‘Trimurti Coaching Classes’ successfully, Manish revealed that it is his schedule that keeps him awake. Only a few people know that Manish has a keen interest in Chess besides his profession. During this exclusive conversation, he also shared that solving the doubts of his students gives him happiness and he never gets tired to do that. His eureka moment is a perfect example of how his burning desire rose above the resistance around him and pumped him to do something incredible in his life. Here are the few glimpses of the discussion.
‘Our relationship with the students is not just for a span of two years, rather, it’s a lifelong bond. We know them all so well that we don’t even need to look for their identity cards.’’- Manish Makwana
- Tell us something about your coaching classes.
The coaching classes are run by the name of ‘Vibhuti’. We are a group of 11-12 teachers and they are divided into two parts. One consists of teachers those aren’t retired but have a good experience and the other which comprises of senior teachers holding experience of 30-40 years. We teach the students of 8th to 10th class.
- Why do you think are coaching classes important in our country?
In the old golden days, it was kind of a shame to tell others that you are going to coaching classes but now it’s normal.
Quality of teaching is not satisfying enough in many schools. Parents also expect more from their children. But personally, I feel if schools provide high quality teaching themselves then there is no 100% need for coaching classes.
- What is the Eureka Moment of your life?
When Mathew Sir decided to hand over the classes to me, it was a big deal. I talked about it to my parents at home. My father wasn’t ready. As we are from a typical Gujarati Family, they wanted me to take over the family business. I was a rebellion too. Till then, I managed to do both things simultaneously but now it was the turn to choose only one. I went through this dilemma for some days, then, my father challenged me that I couldn’t do anything in life. I believe in the theory of proving people underestimating your skills wrong. I thank them also. I was really angry inside and I took up the challenge. My father argued that I would come back in six months to the family business but completed this challenge.
- What is the thing that differentiates your coaching classes from others?
The best one is the personal attention we give to every student in the class. We know his strengths and weaknesses. We connect with him and his parents for not only a span of two years but for a lifetime. We know them so well that we don’t even need to look for their identity cards.
- You have been teaching for 30 years, so is there anything that has changed during this?
Children today have good exposure. They know what they want to be right from the beginning. That’s their plus point. Also, they are always in the spotlight of their parents and teachers, so that’s a good thing.
- How do you think educational mobile applications popular these days are affecting children or your classes?
We teach in a localised class of 25 – 30 students, so we are not affected much. The children can get some knowledge from the applications but still, there is always the need for teachers as everything is not available online. You might watch an educational video for 5 minutes but after that, you will jump to something else. When I ask in my class that who wants to be a teacher, not a single hand is raised. There is no competition in this field but there is always the need for teachers.
- What does it take to start coaching classes?
Investment of your time, your subject must be very powerful. Then, finance isn’t a big deal but the experience is very important. You must know how to deal with children.
- Three words that keep you motivated?
It’s the 3Ds. D for the desire to do the work, discipline without which you can’t achieve anything and then dedication to put everything in your work.
- Three challenges you face?
First, when the founder of the coaching classes to me. That was a big challenge. Second, to find some time for my personal life. The third is dealing with the parents of my students. The concerns must be respected and taken care of.
- Three wishes you want to come true.
I want the coaching classes to run in the same way along with the good things we keep on adding to it. Second, we never compromise on the quality of teaching. The third is that I wish like Mr Jacob Mathew got me to hand over the classes, I also get someone. It’s like the heritage I want to pass on.