Karnataka

Old school, but students are rushing to it

Bursting at the seams?:The hard work of the teachers has helped Vani Vilas Government Primary School in Hassan bring in students.— Photo: Prakash Hassan

Bursting at the seams?:The hard work of the teachers has helped Vani Vilas Government Primary School in Hassan bring in students.— Photo: Prakash Hassan  

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Many parents find our school better than private schools, says headmaster

While low enrolment in government schools is a growing concern in the State, the 116-year-old Vani Vilas Government Primary School in Hassan tells a different story.

As many as 226 students, including 40 in class 1, have enrolled in the school this year. The numbers may go up further since admissions are still on. The school offers education in English medium from class 6, and 65 students have taken admission to the English medium this year.

“A few students who had got seats in private schools under the Right to Education Act shifted to our school. Many parents find our school better than private schools,” said K.A. Umesh, headmaster. The school has nine sections and 11 teachers.

A large part of the credit for this should go to hardworking teachers, said Mr. Umesh. The teachers have been involved in a campaign in nearby areas to bring children to the school. Four years ago, an LKG–UKG centre (Makkala Mane) was started on the school premises. This year, 60 students have enrolled in the Makkala Mane. “This initiative has also helped us strengthen our school. If not all, quite a number of those admitted in the Makkala Mane will join our school for class 1,” he said. During door-to-door visits, the teachers highlight the facilities available in the school and also that education is free here. “Many parents were unhappy with their children’s performance though they had spent huge amounts for seats in private schools. Some paid Rs. 600 to Rs. 800 a month. I appealed to them to admit the children to our school and save the money. Many heeded my advice and opened savings accounts in post offices, besides admitting the children to our school,” the headmaster said.

Safina Banu, a resident of Pension Mohalla, said her daughter studied up to class 7 in the school. “Compared to many children in the neighbourhood who study in private schools, my daughter is better both in studies and general knowledge,” she said.

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