Kumram Bheem Asifabad: Teachers working in government schools, particularly in rural areas, often get demoralised if there is a drop in enrolment of students and complain about poor infrastructure. Kaderla Rangaiah, the in-charge headmaster of a government primary school in remote Sawarkheda village in Kerameri, is, however, an epitome of dedication and passion.
A native of Boath, he has devoted himself not only to improve academic performance of students, but also to improve the infrastructure in the school with the help of donors. Considering his outstanding service, Rangaiah selected for the national best teacher award for 2021. He is one of the two teachers from Telangana State chosen for the honour.
“The strength of the school was barely 54 when I was posted here in 2010. Many teachers did not show interest to work in the school located in an interior village. Vidya volunteers were recruited to work in the school. The then headmaster Pothanna was forced to leave the school due to low strength. However, I was determined to transform the school and accomplished the mission,” Rangaiah told ‘Telangana Today.’
Spent savings to beautify school
Rangaiah took up several measures to improve the school. To start with, he established a good rapport with parents and beautified the premises of the school to provide a pleasant ambience for students by spending Rs 1 lakh from his savings. He then introduced English language as medium of instruction in 2016. He roped in his wife, Veena, a BA graduate, as a volunteer to assist him in teaching.
The award winning teacher admitted his daughter Akshara and son Abhiram in the school to set an example for others, particularly the locals. Impressed by his concerted efforts, parents began sending their children to the school. Subsequently, the school strength rose to 280 in 2020. Parents and local philanthropists donated Rs 6 lakh for a projector, chairs, benches and other infrastructure required for the school.
Students are now able to show substantial progress in academics, besides fluently communicating in English. Evidently, 84 students passed out from the school cracked seats in residential schools with the help of special coaching extended by Rangaiah and his team of 13 vidya volunteers. A student was shortlisted by Chukka Ramaiah Trust of Hyderabad for pursuing higher studies.
The MSc Physics graduate conceived an idea of Super 100 for helping students who were hit by Covid-19 induced lockdown. As many as 100 meritorious students were picked for continuing the learning process which was affected by the global health crisis. They donned the role of teachers and taught basics and many subjects to pupils. They shared their knowledge with their peers.
“We are fortunate to have committed and dedicated Rangaiah as a teacher of the school. Parents were depending on the private schools in the past following poor quality education and deficiencies. Now, not only residents of Sawarkheda, but surrounding 10 hamlets are sending their children to the government school,” Gurnule Shivaram, chairman of education committee opined.
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