This wonderful news comes to us from Kalaburagi, India.
At a time when students have to forego regular school due to the Coronavirus, four government schools in rural India are taking the education right to their dwellings. These schools are in Patawad, Okali, Neelakhed and Katoli in the Kamalapaur taluk.
The teachers of these government schools are a highly motivated lot and they are encouraging students to pursue their studies regardless of the COVID-19 virus. These classes commenced a week after the localities were de-notified as contaminant zones. A typical scenario sees about 45 students sitting in the shadows of trees and listening intently to the teachers as they get the lessons on the way.
Renuka N is the headmistress in charge at Neelakhed Government Higher Primary School and she teaches English. She let on that some villagers had approached her and the School Development Management Committee chairman Mr Suryakant Jamadar, requesting them that they should find a way for the school lessons to continue. This request came at a time when reopening of schools is a distant possibility and the progress of studies is getting hampered.
A few days hence, Jamadar along with the staff members of the school conducted an informal meeting where they voluntarily decided that classes should be brought to the doors of the students so that they can pursue their studies unhampered by the COVID-19 virus scare.
According to the decision taken, teachers of the schools initiated classes for 2 hours in about three localities of the village where they teach English, Science, Kannada and Mathematics. An eighth grade student expressed her gratitude to the teachers saying that due to them she was able to keep abreast of the syllabus and would not have trouble with late commencement of classes. Bannikatti is a Block Education Officer who says that the voluntary service of the teachers of the four government schools has served as an inspiration for many. He hoped that the teachers of other schools would also come forward to lend their service so that students do not suffer in their studies. He finishes by saying that all manner of help will be extended to teachers who come forward in these trying times.
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