Warangal Rural: An initiative taken by a school headmaster and teachers, has infused new life into a Mandal Parishad Upper Primary School (MPUPS), which did not have any students a month ago.
Located at Ameenabad village in Chennaraopet mandal of Warangal Rural district, the school now boasts a strength of 68 students. Students from various private schools have opted to quit their schools and join the UPS. In July, the student strength on record was 10, but the attendance was zero although there were 10 teachers.
Headmaster Amgoth Bhadraiah, who was transferred to the school recently, wanted to change the situation and hence, convened a meeting with teachers and parents. Then, he along with the teachers, started a door-to-door campaign to convince parents to admit their children in the government UPS.
Bhadraiah said villagers wanted an assurance on quality of education and regular attendance of teachers along with basic facilities. “During the meeting with parents they raised many issues such as teachers coming late to school and leaving early. We promised them that teachers would reach school half an hour before time and stay with the students half an hour after the working hours, to help students with their homework,” Bhadraiah told ‘Telangana Today’.
“We also gave an assurance to the parents on improving infrastructure. The Education Department has also decided to set up biometric attendance system to ensure timely attendance of teachers. Only after we promised to provide all facilities, parents pulled out their wards from private schools and admitted them to our school taking the strength to 71,” he added.
“As of now classes are being run up to Class IV in English medium. Happy with our commitment, many parents are willing to admit their children but due to lack of classrooms we stopped admissions,” he said. Bhadraiah even offered to bear expense of autorickshaw for students for a month.
According to a villager Kadari Sailu, the school, where Narampet MLA Donthi Madhava Reddy studied, was established in 1941 to run Primary classes and was upgraded to Upper Primary in 1985. “Once upon a time the school had 180 students but was neglected by earlier government,” he added.
TS Civil Supplies Corporation Chairman P Sudharshan Reddy on learning about the initiative taken by school teachers, visited the school recently and he promised Rs 5 lakh for drinking water supply, toilets and white washing. The works have started on Friday.