Let me state with conviction that whatever I have achieved in life has its base in the teachings I got from my parents as an infant and from the teachers in my primary school. I still wonder how they were able to communicate and instil in us the alphabets, cursive writing,the basic vocabulary , basic discipline and character building; all these when we were not even able to communicate or react and respond properly.
Even now when I am passing nearby a primary schools, I slow a bit and listen to the chorus of students repeating what the teacher tells them. For a moment, I recall with respect my primary school teachers.
In primary school, the children are deaf, dumb and blind-not literally,but in the figurative sense because they do not know to read ,write or speak properly and thus not able to express exactly what they see and her.
Primary school teachers make small children to see, hear,understand and speak well. No other job has such complications. They are like product makers and their ability decides the basic quality of the product many years later.
Now about government primary schools and teaching there, let me say that I have come through government school only. We cannot say that the children coming there are all of low standard. It is more of heterogeneity than homogeneity in a reputed private school. So in a govt primary school, the teacher has to adopt a median method.
The teacher will firt start with a basic level and monitoring the progress and allowing exchange and interaction in the class, she will see how the children have grasped and how many need additional support.
During my primary classes, the teachers used to ask the more studious ones to take up roles of teaching by repeating and reviewing. This helps the children to gather a little faster and level up with them.
A building is as strong as its foundation. Similarly primary education is the foundation for higher education. Hence the primary school teachers concentrate more on making the base foundation thorough and strong. They may not give importance to quantity unless they are sure of the base quality.
Primary school teachers are never distant from pupils , but more close and even closer than parents sometimes. If the primary school teacher is able to give strong base in alphabets, basic writing and basic numbers and calculation and if he/she can kindle the human and artistic curiosity and scientific inquisitiveness in a pupil, then I can say that teacher is successful.