Here's an true school for thought

Efforts by Vysya Youth Association and Deloitte employees gave a facelift to GPS, Bhoiguda, and it now has a colourful pre-primary block

Updated - November 16, 2021 09:33 pm IST

Published - December 09, 2013 12:21 am IST - HYDERABAD:

HYDERABAD,07/12/2013:CORPORATE LOOK IN A GOVT SCHOOL: The Government Primary English Medium School in New Bhoiguda in Secunderabad presents a pleasant look similar to corporate schools with neatly-painted pictures depicting the social values and decent seating arrangement too.

 ---PHOTO:NAGARA GOPAL

HYDERABAD,07/12/2013:CORPORATE LOOK IN A GOVT SCHOOL: The Government Primary English Medium School in New Bhoiguda in Secunderabad presents a pleasant look similar to corporate schools with neatly-painted pictures depicting the social values and decent seating arrangement too.

 ---PHOTO:NAGARA GOPAL

Each time one thinks of a government school, old structures and unclean spaces flash through one’s mind. What does it take to lift a government school from its pathetic state? A positive attitude and community involvement will work wonders, affirm teachers of the Government Primary School (GPS), New Bhoiguda.

Thanks to contributions from Vysya Youth Association and efforts of employees of Deloitte, GPS Bhoiguda got the much-needed facelift. And teachers too played a major role in it, said Ch. Showry, the headmaster who “re-dedicated” the refurbished school here on Friday. The school has come a long way from 2009 when a new set of teachers took over the responsibilities, Mr. Showry says. “Our progress can be gauged from the fact that the strength has increased from a mere 70 students to 280 over the last few years, and most of it came from surrounding private schools.” He added that the developments could be attributed to the help from the government and involvement of community members.

“We realised that the school cannot be maintained on only the Rs. 15,000 paid by the government every year. The Vysya Youth Association played a key role by providing raw material for redecoration along with educational games that a government school cannot hope to acquire on its own,” he says.

Apart from the infrastructure, Mr. Showry and his team had to tackle with the bad reputation that government schools are usually associated with. “Parents do not prefer to send their children to government schools due to their image. We had to conduct seminars and contact programmes to convince parents that their children can get better education here,” he explains.

The refurbished school has a colourful pre-primary block and a decorated main building much to the delight of the students. “There is need to raise money to bring these changes… students should be taught about fund-raising,” says M. Nirmala Mary, a teacher.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in

Comments

Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.