Andhra teacher helps boost school strength from 2 to 55 – The New Indian Express

Express press service

KURNOOL: His devotion to his profession transformed the fortunes of JM Thanda, a remote tribal village in Pathikonda mandal of Kurnool district. Mr. Kalyani Kumari was the only teacher in the village until recently. When she transferred to JM Thanda Mandal Parisath Elementary School in 2017 as a Secondary School Teacher (SGT), there were only two students enrolled. It was the time when the district authorities were even inclined to close the school.

His efforts over the past five years have yielded excellent results as the school now boasts of having 55 students. “Government officials, who wanted to close it due to low enrollment, have now assigned another head teacher to the school,” she said. After transferring from Pathikonda Mandal Parisath Primary School, she faced an almost impossible task of convincing tribal families to send their children to school.

“JM Thanda is a hamlet in the Dudekonda gram panchayat and is home to nearly 100 Sugali tribal families. Most people here are uneducated. I approached heads of families and tried to convince them that children could learn and thrive. There are even cases of students from private schools joining public schools. Kalyani Kumari has also taken it upon herself to ensure that children who pass Class V at the school continue their formal education.

She keeps in touch with several of her former students who are now pursuing secondary education in nearby villages. On how she was able to increase enrollment at her school, she said that she organizes a weekly program to distribute pens, books and other stationery to students who excel. Weekly winners were called “Star of the Week”. She took care of the expenses on her own.

Kalyani Kumari has been a teacher for over a decade now. She first joined as an SGT teacher on December 1, 2010 from Nagarakanvi village of Holagunda mandal, which borders Ballari of Karnataka. After five years working there, she was transferred to the town of Pathikonda. She says she succeeded in convincing the authorities to renovate the JM Thanda school under the Manabadi Nadu-Nedu program. The school was listed for renovation in the second phase of the government program. Several social organizations and teachers’ unions have facilitated his contribution to education.

KURNOOL: His devotion to his profession transformed the fortunes of JM Thanda, a remote tribal village in Pathikonda mandal of Kurnool district. Mr. Kalyani Kumari was the only teacher in the village until recently. When she transferred to JM Thanda Mandal Parisath Elementary School in 2017 as a Secondary School Teacher (SGT), there were only two students enrolled. It was the time when the district authorities were even inclined to close the school. His efforts over the past five years have yielded excellent results as the school now boasts of having 55 students. “Government officials, who wanted to close it due to low enrollment, have now assigned another head teacher to the school,” she said. After transferring from Pathikonda Mandal Parisath Primary School, she faced an almost impossible task of convincing tribal families to send their children to school. “JM Thanda is a hamlet in the Dudekonda gram panchayat and is home to nearly 100 Sugali tribal families. Most people here are uneducated. I approached heads of families and tried to convince them that children could learn and thrive. There are even cases of students from private schools joining public schools. Kalyani Kumari has also taken it upon herself to ensure that children who pass Class V at the school continue their formal education. She keeps in touch with several of her former students who are now pursuing secondary education in nearby villages. On how she was able to increase enrollment at her school, she said that she organizes a weekly program to distribute pens, books and other stationery to students who excel. Weekly winners were called “Star of the Week”. She took care of the expenses on her own. Kalyani Kumari has been a teacher for over a decade now. She first joined as an SGT teacher on December 1, 2010 from Nagarakanvi village of Holagunda mandal, which borders Ballari of Karnataka. After five years working there, she was transferred to the town of Pathikonda. She says she succeeded in convincing the authorities to renovate the JM Thanda school under the Manabadi Nadu-Nedu program. The school was listed for renovation in the second phase of the government program. Several social organizations and teachers’ unions have facilitated his contribution to education.

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