All hands up to improve school

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Move to mobilise funds to develop infrastructure for Government high school

In need of a makeover:The toilet of Government High School at Kaariyaandi in Tirunelveli district stands dilapidated and in need of repair.— Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN
In need of a makeover:The toilet of Government High School at Kaariyaandi in Tirunelveli district stands dilapidated and in need of repair.— Photo: A. SHAIKMOHIDEEN

A middle school in one of the most backward areas of the district, which was upgraded as a high school under the Central Government’s Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhiyan (RMSA) recently, is desperately appealing to helping hands for enhancing its infrastructure as the Centre has not provided the mandatory financial assistance so far.

When the proposal for upgrading the middle school at Kaariyaandi, about 20 km from here, was moved, the villagers, without any hesitation, donated two acres of land for construction of additional classrooms and playground, though most of them are still living in thatched houses.

The village committee also gave Rs. 1 lakh, the amount usually contributed by the beneficiary village. Subsequently, the middle school became a high school in 2011 – 2012, much to the jubilation of the villagers and students, who had to hitherto go to the Government Higher Secondary School at Munanjipatti.

However, the Central Government, which has to provide Rs. 58.75 lakh for the construction of additional classroom buildings, library, laboratory, librarian, lab assistant etc., is yet to release the amount leaving the school high and dry.

Though eleven students are in 10th standard now, the absence of a laboratory has crippled the conduct of practical examinations.

While seventh and eighth standard classes are being conducted in the same room, the headmaster’s room and the staff room have become integral parts of 10th standard classes.

When asked about the delay in getting the amount from the Centre, officials attached to Department of Education, who did not want to be quoted, said that the school would get its share only when the Union Government released the amount for all upgraded schools across the State.

Unperturbed by official apathy, the villagers, who have established ‘School Management Development Committee,’ have now started sending their appeals in printed inland letters to philanthropists, old students occupying high positions in various companies and migrant citizens of Kaariyaandi seeking assistance to give a new lease of life to the school.

To ensure better education, hotelier V. Pandurengan of Tiruchi, who migrated from Kaariyaandi five decades ago, has appointed three teachers through the Parent-Teachers’ Association, to whom he is giving a monthly salary of Rs. 1,000 each.

“If we can give better education to the poor children living in and around my native place, it will certainly transform their lives. So we’re prepared to knock at the doors of every possible donor to give rebirth to our school,” says Mr. Pandurengan.

To mobilise funds for the school, the School Management Development Committee has started a Savings Bank Account (No: 01000013145) with Indian Overseas Bank at Munanjipatti (Code Number 1386) to enable the donors send in their contributions for the development of the school.



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