As part of my vacation to India and a mission to develop government schools, I spent few days visiting few rural government elementary school in Mangalore and Bangalore. After 36 years, I had a chance to visit my homeschool that is located in a small town Kodikal in Mangalore district where I studied from 4th grade to 7th grade. The purpose of my school visit is to meet teachers and to know the reasons for poor quality of India’s primary and high school education. My plan is to start the development work from my homeschool where I got my primary education. Following key infrastructure that requires immediate attention were discussed with few teachers:
Immediate Infrastructure Requirements
1. Students enrollment is slowly going down. Now there are about 125 students from grade 1 to grade 8. Appears that teacher’s strength is good. There are about 9 teachers including headmaster (Mr. Jayappa) teaching in this school.
2. Local children are enrolled into private school because private school is arranged a school bus (for free) for children to commute. I think this is one of the side effects of RTE act.
3. The new painting is required for all the building of the school – Done.
4. School board looks very old. The new attractive board is required – Done.
5. Removal of debris next to school compound is a must.
6. The building is 50+ years old. Remodeling has to be done – Repair work of roof is done through government fund.
7. Attractive school garden is required
8. School teachers are looking for donors to build a stage to conduct school programs including school annual day programs.
1. Clean drinking water with reverse osmosis filtration
2. Separate boys and girls toilets
3. New building for Anganwadi – Donated by Rotary club and upgraded by Kodikal Friends Circle.
4. New office building – Donated by Karnataka bank
5. Nice compound wall
6. School is now surrounded by green trees, that made me so happy
7. Midday meal
8. Monthly vitamin supplements to students
9. Now school is accessible to physically challenge students