Another academic year began without much fanfare as schools are still shut. Online classes are a luxury that only a few can afford. For most government school students in remote villages, access to internet and individual phones is not available. To help these students, some government school teachers have been going the extra mile to teach them.
Meet one such — Meena Ramanathan, teacher at the Panchayat Union Primary School in Kavarappatti. She has been reaching out to students individually in two villages near the school, in Viralimalai. She travels more than 10 km on her scooter to reach the villages. A small open area would suffice to set up her classroom, in which she ensures all the students wear mask and are seated with enough distance between them.
Meena teaches Tamil, English, and Maths for Class 1-5 students. Such is the interest in her teaching that even students of Class 7 and 8 from other schools come and attend her classes. The initiative which was started in March 2021 was briefly halted by the second wave of Covid, but resumed in July as she felt the students really needed some help.
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