The management of Panchayat Union Middle school in Thulukkaviduthi north village has been awaiting funds from the government to build additional classrooms for more than a year. Even as the wait continues, ten youth, some of them working abroad, offered Rs five lakhs to build temporary classrooms. Groundbreaking ceremony for the construction was held on Wednesday.
The school was started in 1998 with primary classes and upgraded as middle school in 2003. With more than 100 students studying in the school the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) has applied for upgrading the school into a high school.
There is a separate building for students studying from class sixth to class eight. As the students studying in classes 1 to 5, as and when return to school after lock down, have to brave elements, the PTA decided to build a temporary classroom with a steel sheet roof with pillars.
As word of the proposal spread, 10 youth, most of them alumni and some working abroad, chipped in with Rs five lakh. Prahaladan, meanwhile, sounded confident that the government would sanction funds for constructing permanent classrooms and also upgrade the school.