Mangaluru: To increase school strength, this headmaster deposits Rs 1,000 to every student

Harsha Raj Gatty
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Mangaluru, Jun 25: To increase student number at this government primary school at Konjady, its headmaster Suresh Shetty has been depositing Rs 1,000 against the name of each student for the last two years. In the backdrop of the Karnataka government's move to shut-down 3,500 schools with low pupil ratio, the HM's effort has managed to achieve a breakthrough and increase the strength nearly thrice in the last couple of years.

Taking over as the HM in August 2016, 55-year-old Suresh Shetty has deposited a sum of Rs 26,000 against the names of 26 students (both existing and new admission). A veteran educator for the past 23 years, Suresh Shetty says this academic year, six more students will be awarded similar amount taking the total figure of beneficiaries to 32.

The parents and the students have a free hand over the one-time deposit financial stimulus. "Every year when the interest is accrued, we were able to convince the parents to re-invest the principal amount along with interest back in the FD (fixed deposit), so that they can save up for their children's future," he says.

At the little known government primary school at Konjady however, it was not the students but the parents who were sceptic of educating the children. "Upon joining I was told that the school has not seen an 'Annual Day' for the last 20 years. Parents were genuinely concerned about poor facilities, negligible extra-curricular activities compared to those offered by nearby private schools. In fact only six people turned up when we first called for parent-teachers' meet," he says.

It took a consistent month-long effort from Shetty to convince the parents to send their wards to schools; meanwhile Shetty got approval for an additional recruitment of a teaching faculty. "During April every year, we invited both parents and the locals for the parent-teacher meeting (PTM) and started awareness on the importance of education. We pinned hopes that even non-parents would spread the word or coax their friends and relatives to send their children to school," he says. In subsequent PTM meetings the attendance increased with highest being in October 2016 with 60 people.

Acknowledging Shetty's effort even locals and friends chipped in and started financially contributing for the unregistered student’s welfare scheme - for which the headmaster says he duly registers a log of receipts and bills. Funds raised by the locals were utilised to provide school bags, note books and transport arrangement for primary school children. "Till date, we have spent around Rs 34,870 for students' auto rickshaw fee. This is to ease the commute from remote areas," K Sanjeeva, a local sponsor and a member of the student welfare association said.

It was also the first time in over 20 years, Sanjeeva says he witnessed that the school was able to afford to organise an annual day with cultural programmes on December 31. The School Day event drew quite a good number of praises and envy from other neighbouring schools. "There were instances of children from local neighbouring school admitting themselves with us. We found ourselves in a dilemma as we did not want to hurt their interest," he says.

On being asked why he was unable to rely on the government funds for school to meet the development purposes of the school, Shetty says that the funds are purpose specific. "It is mandatory that the amount is spent only on the components defined by the government. We don't have a free hand over its utilisation. Therefore any miscellaneous expense we have to initiate on our own," he says.

Having served over 22 years at Nanjangud (Mysuru) and Goliangadi in the last two decades, Shetty says he quite understands the burden of parents from lower income groups (LIGs). "They might feel short of a helping hand now. But when their children are well-educated and are successful, they will definitely thank them for educating them and will also look after their parents during their old age," he says.

While in 2018, the primary school was anticipating the total strength to rise up to 40, the recent government guideline mandating the intake of students aged only 5.5 years old has hurt their interest. "As per the 2017 mandate we had considered children over 5.1 years of age, unfortunately their admission stands cancelled," Shetty says. However in June 2019, Shetty is optimist of recording the same number.

Meanwhile, Shetty hopes to raise a Rangamantapa at the school for cultural events. "A few donors have come and assured contribution for the stage. I have five more years of service. Hopefully we should be able to complete the same in the upcoming years," he says.


Comment on this article

  • Rita, Germany

    Wed, Jun 27 2018

    Thats called a dedicated teacher.selfless like him we find hardly nowadays.May the students have him in thier mind when they grow up and nab a job somewhere.May God bless him .Govt should recognize his dedication to school,education and students and award him,starting first in local recognization.Hope he will succeed in his school matters.

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  • Flory, MANGALURU

    Tue, Jun 26 2018

    Good job Sir..may God bless you

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Tue, Jun 26 2018

    This cab be done for temporary time till the strength of the school is take up to the level expected

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  • Nujra Kayan, Indianapolis

    Tue, Jun 26 2018

    I would like to contribute a small amount to this school. Please let me know how I can do it.

    (Sorry to post this question here in the comments section... I could not find a way to directly contact the article writer.)


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  • Peacelover, India

    Mon, Jun 25 2018

    All government Kannada medium schools will close soon, its because no one want to send their children to Kannada medium school. The politicians send their children abroad for studies, and the same politician want public to send their children to government schools.
    The only way to keep these school running is convert them to English medium schools, and Kannada to be taught as a subject.
    I am expecting hundreds of DISAGREE ! Truth is bitter.

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  • amarnath, Bantwal

    Mon, Jun 25 2018

    Shetre, Your Good work will recognized by People

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  • Indian, Kudla

    Mon, Jun 25 2018

    Great work by the HM...... very rarely we see such interest in the govt schools by their HM or teachers... god bless him...

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  • Reshmi Salian, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 25 2018

    Hats off to you sir..What a selfless service. God bless you abundantly. Just look at our politicians. They just want to accumulate wealth by every hook and crook and not bothered about education of poor children where as their children they will send to foreign countries at tax payers mercy. We need humble person like Mr. Shetty.

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  • Fayaz, Mangalore /Dubai

    Mon, Jun 25 2018

    We want human beings like this gentleman with out any personnel benefit
    He put all his effort to bring up this school
    We can call him SRIMANJI or what ever
    Like this peoples are required at present politics
    Not by prasing I have 56 inch chest or I don't have family for whoem I make
    Person with family also can do good job

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  • Indian, Kudla

    Mon, Jun 25 2018

    Its shame that for everything u bring shame.... tell ur bosses to cancel reservations & bhagyas & spend money on such schools

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  • Guru, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 25 2018

    "Karnataka government's move to shut-down 3,500 schools with low pupil ratio" - are you sure about this statement?
    I think schools can be merged, they cannot be shutdown just like that. It would be a bad move by any Govt to just shut down schools.

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  • Indian, Kudla

    Mon, Jun 25 2018

    my dear schools can't be merged like any private companies,... only if its within say 5 km distance govt can close one and keep open the other....

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  • amarnath shetty, Bantwal

    Mon, Jun 25 2018

    You are one of one million . Very rare to find shetty like person in this selfish world.

    Hat off shetre.

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  • wilson, Roasario

    Mon, Jun 25 2018

    Pls reach to our Bishop he is holding multiple Gulf Trust, he might or may be help, no idea ...

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  • Lionel, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 25 2018


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  • Jenifer, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 25 2018

    Hats off to you Sir. I wish you success in your future plans.

    This is called selfless service to the society through his profession. I have teachers in the city calling parents over and over again to enroll their children in the coaching school s/he teaches after school hours. Canvasing for the coaching institute so that their own income will increase.

    This is how polarizing people from same profession can be.

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    Mon, Jun 25 2018

    Shretre, you are one in a million..

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  • Arun, Belve, Kundapur

    Mon, Jun 25 2018

    Nice job..Keep going..Sureshanna

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  • Ahmed K.C., Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 25 2018

    That's the real support and encouraging. Bravo !

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  • Alphonse, Hassan

    Mon, Jun 25 2018

    Well done shettre. God bless your good work

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