It’s sad to see the conditions of government schools in the rural parts of India. There are times when the kids attend classes when there is water leaking from the ceiling, furniture being damaged, no lights, and lack of teachers and infrastructure.
Although there are a lot of challenges there are some dedicated students and teachers who make it to the school no matter what the circumstances are.
Here is one such example of a passionate teacher named N Poonkodi, who is the headmistress of Panchayat Union Primary school in Denkanikottai Taluk.
Her dedication to her work is beyond teaching. She was fed up with all the damages in the classrooms. She wanted the students to learn in a better environment. So, she went ahead and requested the Chief Education officer to fund for the repairs in the school.
She received Rs.1 Lakh from the Government. She used that money for tiling the floors and for all the repairs. N Poonkodi also invested around Rs. 37,000 from her savings to paint and repair the classrooms.
Poonkodi said “I requested the Chief Education Officer R Murugan to allot funds to repair the roof, and he allotted Rs 1 lakh. The funds were received following the order of the Krishnagiri Chief Judicial Magistrate in June to utilize the fines levied on tipper lorries for various violations,”
The school was 105 km away from the district headquarters which was constructed in 2005 – 2006. They had 20 students with only one teacher who was Poonkodi. She traveled all the way from Hosur to school which was 55km.
Once the school was renovated with tiles and paint. The school looks so colorful and energetic with Tamil and English alphabets, numbers, tables, and portraits of leaders painted on the walls. N Poonkodi did all this for the betterment of the students and the future. She truly deserves a standing ovation and respect.