In a state where the education department often turns a deaf ear to a school’s myriad problems, this school tucked away in Jharkhand’s West Singhbhum district is a school with a difference.
Rajkiya Adarsh Madhya Vidyalay in Barajamda village in Noamundi block of the district boasts of projectors, closed circuit televisions, and a library stocked with thousands of books and well furnished classrooms equipped with computers.
Besides transforming the lives of students from villages located around the school, it also attracts dozens of students from villages in neighbouring Odisha, says Rajkumar Srivastava, the headmaster of the school.
“The school has achieved academic excellence with teaching standards that can be compared with that of the finest city schools and is now attracting students from neighbouring villages across bordering Odisha,” he said.
Srivastava credits villagers, parents, industrial units in the region and generous contributors for the school’s excellent academic standards. “It is the contribution of the whole society that our school is providing quality education with best infrastructure. Will power and dedication for academic excellence are primary reasons behind the high standard of the school,” he said.
What is more unique about the school is that it has 16 teachers for the total 1,195 students enrolled that too in a state where mostly two teachers conduct classes up till class eight.
The government school, established in 1965, has a website of its own and the school’s students have represented Eastern zone in nationa-level science quiz competitions.
Last year, four students had received state government scholarships. Students have been selected for Navoday Vidyalay, through the state-level entrance examinations.
Srivastava said his is the first government school in state where teachers have dress code. While the male teachers are attired in pink shirt and black trousers, female teachers wear pink sari with a black
He said salaries of six teachers of the school are paid from contributions made by local industrial units, including Devkibai Bhelji Group, Baraiburu-Tatiba Transport Company and Loknath Transport.
“The salaries of five government-appointed teachers and two para (temporary) teachers are paid by the education department as for the salaries of the rest of the staff, the teachers donate a day’s salary each month and small monthly contributions from villagers, who are mostly famers and small traders,” Srivastava said.
He further said that a local philanthropist and businessman Yogendra Prasad Gupta donates Rs 20,000 for the school’s annual function while another businessman Ajay Jha has donated fans in the school.