Model government school in DK

Model government school in DK

Reading corner in every classroom is speciality in this institution

A look at the campus of the Mullakadu Government Higher Primary School at Kavoor in Mangalore will give a person an idea of how a government school should ideally be.

A teacher helping students in their studies at Mullakadu Government Higher Primary School. dh photo

Normally, a typical government Kannada school faces some shortcoming in facilities.

Be it hygiene, classroom, teachers, toilets, mid-day-meals there is always some issue that needs to be dealt with ‘urgently.’

However, a visit to this school is likely to change the perception of a government school.

The tiled floors, full-fledged library, playground, and a rangamandira can be seen only in private schools. However, here is a government school which is a head of others.

The school was started in 1965. At present as many as 257 students are pursuing education from first to eighth standard. Under Rashtriya Madhyamika Shikshana, ninth standard has been started from 2011-12. Now, the Zilla Panchayat has declared the school as a model school in the district.

The school had not received any additional funds to carry out the activities. Utilising the available funds, the school has created facilities for it, said officials.

Seating arrangement has been made for all the children in Nali Kali classrooms. One can also get a view of round table in the classroom for   discussion.

The students are given opportunity to portray their creativity including in writing stories, poems in the classroom daily. ‘Meena Club’ is active in the school. The Club trains girl children in developing leadership quality, creates awareness on hygiene.

Reading corner in every classroom is the speciality of the school. The reference books needed for the students of a particular class are kept in the mini library in every classroom. This has helped the students to gain knowledge. At the same time, every classroom has teaching aids. The school also has a complaint box, first aid box, computer room, disable friendly toilet, water facility and fire extinguisher.

The school is ahead of the rest of schools in maintaining the documents pertaining to the school. The National Joint Inspection Committee from New Delhi had visited the school in January 2011. The committee has not made any remarks on the loopholes in maintaining the documents. With the effort of school head teacher Chandravathi Rai, the school was able to get the attention from all over.

She has won state-level best teacher award. Now, she wants to retire from service by taking up the work on compound wall. As many as eight teachers are tirelessly working by joining hands with each other to make the school a model school.

About 98 per cent of the children who are pursuing education come from labour class. Of which 80 per cent are from SC/ST. The students say prayers in English and Kannada on alternative days. Hence, children are quite confident of English language, says teachers.

Speaking to Deccan Herald, Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr K N Vijayaprakash said “Mullakadu school was not given any special funds. However, the school authorities have utilised the available funds effectively. I feel proud to say that this is our model school.”

Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan coordinator Shivaprakash said “we want all the government schools to excel on the model of Mullakadu school.”