Karimnagar: Mannempalli primary school is a classic example of how English medium schools would succeed. It is important to remind ourselves about the success story of this school in the wake of objections being raised by various sections against the State government’s decision to introduce English medium in all government schools across the State from […]
Karimnagar: Mannempalli primary school is a classic example of how English medium schools would succeed. It is important to remind ourselves about the success story of this school in the wake of objections being raised by various sections against the State government’s decision to introduce English medium in all government schools across the State from the next academic year.
The first primary school in the erstwhile Karimnagar district to introduce English as a medium, Mannempalli primary school falls in Thimmapur mandal and is getting huge response from the people. These results were made possible only because of the dedication and hard work of the teaching staff in cooperation with the school management and gram panchayat. In order to attract students going to private convent schools in Karimnagar town, teachers of this school had decided to introduce English medium and started it from the academic year of 2014-15. Initially, they started English medium in Class I, II with the strength of 25 and 30 students respectively.
Since primary schools were not permitted to run English medium classes at that time, they had to approach Municipal Administration and IT Minister KT Rama Rao to get the permission. Speaking to Telangana Today, Kariveda Mahipal Reddy, a teacher who played a vital role in introducing English medium in the school, informed that they had to approach KT Rama Rao as District Education Officer (DEO) refused to give permission.
While giving permission, officials refused facilities such as additional teachers, funds and others for the school. Undeterred by this, they appointed two private teachers in addition to four existing teachers with the support of SMC and gram panchayat. Except for successful schools, the government was not supplying English medium books to other schools at that time. So, they purchased books in the market with the help of philanthropists. Teachers also made contributions to provide shoes, and other necessities to students, he said.
Initially, teachers faced difficulties to teach lessons in English medium since they had not had previous experience. To overcome the problem, they used to prepare lessons well in advance in English and taught students. Not only Mannempalli, parents from surrounding villages such as Porandla and Mallapur were also motivated to join their ward in this school, he informed. As a result, the strength of the school scaled to 160 within a few years.
Now, there is no admission for Telugu medium. All classes from Class I to V are being taught in English medium. Presently the strength of the school is 110. Headmaster G Ravinder opined that it was materialized only because of the dedication and hard work of teaching staff. They would strive hard to enhance the strength further, he said.
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