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GREETING: Students at Canara High School, at Urwa in Mangalore, presenting roses to a teacher on Saturday.
GREETING: Students at Canara High School, at Urwa in Mangalore, presenting roses to a teacher on Saturday.

Govind D. Belgaumkar

Students in a school perform a number of Michael Jackson

MANGALORE: Students in many schools here competed among one another to present flowers and wish their favourite teachers on the Teachers’ Day on Saturday.

“Why hasn’t she come yet,” Shipali, a Class VII student of Canara School in Urwa, told her friend Pratiksha, waiting for their English teacher Suhasini at the school’s entrance.

“We will go to her house and wish her if she doesn’t come to school. We want to be first ones to greet her,” said Ms. Pratiksha. When Ms. Suhasini arrived by an autorickshaw after some time, dozens of students holding flowers in their hands surrounded her. They would not let her pay the autorickshaw fare until they greeted her. However, when she told them to wait for a while, the children obeyed. A minute later, the teacher was all smiles and had a bunch of flowers in her hands. Asked why the children were so fond of her, she said: “It’s because I like them.” Many students of the Lourdes Central School chose to be diplomatic as they said that they were fond of all their teachers. However, Karthik Bhat, a Class X student, said he liked the way vice-principal of the school Joy Rai taught. “Her classes are full of fun. She too enjoys teaching us,” he said.

Students of St. Aloysius High School at Lady Hill Circle said they liked their science teacher N.K. Ravishankar for his methods of making them easily understand the complex concepts. Class X students of the school had organised several games on the occasion to “test the skills” of their teachers. A few students performed a Michael Jackson number. Savitri Ramesh Bhat, who teaches Kannada in the Kannada-medium Pompeii School at Lady Hill Circle, said she derived pleasure from teaching underprivileged children.

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