Education

The academic year at Mathru starts in June and goes until March with a 15-day break in October. One of the primary goals and missions at Mathru is to provide all of its students with the same quality of education as other sighted schools in the state, thus Mathru follows the Karnataka State Board curriculum. Mathru began with the first standard in 2001 and has added one standard every year. Currently Mathru offers schooling from standard 1 to standard 10.

Mathru emphasizes the importance Braille literacy and requires every student to be comfortable with reading Braille and writing Braille with the traditional slate and stylus. Therefore, in addition to the prescribed syllabus, students at Mathru undertake courses specific to the visually impaired community.

Teacher and student reading BrailleFirst Standard

Students are taught the six-dot concept of Braille, how to hold a stylus, Braille dot pattern mapping to English alphabet (e.g. “a” is dot 1, “b” dot 1, 2, etc.), basic counting, addition and subtraction, multiplication tables, names of fruits, vegetables and animals, and geometrical shapes. They are also introduced to math concepts using the Taylor Frame, which is a device used by the blind to learn and represent math.

Second Standard

Students then graduate to  writing words and sentences in Braille. In addition to English instruction, Kannada, mathematics, and environmental science are introduced.

Third Standard

The subjects in the third standard remain the same as the previous two standards with the addition of an introduction to Kannada Braille.

Fourth-Seventh Standards

They are introduced to Hindi Braille and the Nemeth code, a Braille code used to represent mathematical equations and expressions. Students are also taught more advanced concepts in science and social science.

Eighth-Tenth Standards

After the seventh standard math and science are discontinued according to the Karnataka State Board syllabus. This is due to the difficulty in instructing abstract concepts such as algebra, geometry, and science experiments to visually impaired students. Instead, students focus on economics and political science.