K M Dayashankar
Govt primary school was closed four years ago and teachers deputed to other schools due to zero enrolment
Impact of covid-19 forced parents to send their wards back to govt school
Villagers vow to send their children only to govt schools
RAJANNA-SIRCILLA: A government primary school in the interior Harijanawada locality Marrigadda village of Chandurthi mandal in Rajanna-Sircilla district, which was closed down four years ago following the zero strength, has regained its past glory with the arrival of the students and reopening of school on Monday.
All the students in the village studied in private schools and adjoining English medium schools forcing the closure of the government primary school in Marrigadda village. However, following the outbreak of the deadly virus and closure of private schools and even the parents were unable to shell out huge fees in the private sector and scared of sending their wards in school buses sensing the possible spread of the virus.
At this juncture, the villagers under the leadership of its sarpanch Nethikunda Bikshapathi took an initiative to revive the closed school for the benefit of their children. Accordingly, they had represented the authorities concerned for opening the English medium education in the primary school and promised to send their wards. The district educational authorities had also sent back the two teachers of the school, who were deputed to other schools following the closure, to their original school to benefit the students by reopening the school.
On Monday, about 40 students had rejoined the government primary school and a festive atmosphere prevailed on the school premises with the arrival of students and their parents. The parents vowed to send their wards only to government schools because of the introduction of English medium education.
Sarpanch Jalapathi informed the parents to send their children only to government schools for quality education with qualified teachers. He said the government schools provide free education and midday meals by providing nutritious food to the students. During the reopening of school, teacher Sampathi Ramesh, CRP Devaraju, ward members Nerella Narsaiah, Nerella Babu, Neduri Ravi, parents Raj Kumar, Gonti Dasu, Chandraiah, Anitha, Shyamala, Aparna, Chandrakala and others were also present.