Crown­ing glory: School fetes mothers for their con­tri­bu­tion in kids’ ed­u­ca­tion

AC­CO­LADES School in Kan­nauj iden­ti­fied mums whose children were reg­u­lar, punc­tual, did home work

Hindustan Times (Lucknow) - - Lucknow - Ra­jeev Mul­lick ra­jeev.mul­[email protected]

LUCKNOW: A stu­dent get­ting hon­oured for good work at school is com­mon. But have you heard of a stu­dent’s mother be­ing hon­oured for do­ing what she does as part of her everyday re­spon­si­bil­i­ties -- send­ing the child to school reg­u­larly and on time, en­sur­ing that the uni­form is clean, shoes pol­ished, hair combed neatly and all home­work done?

A pri­mary school in the state has done just this, to strengthen their con­nec­tion with the stu­dents and their fam­i­lies, and keep mo­ti­va­tion lev­els high.

The man­age­ment of Pri­mary School Kun­warpur Ban­wari in Kan­nauj district recog­nised the ef­forts of mothers who were work­ing hard with their children back home, and fe­lic­i­tated them at a func­tion or­gan­ised re­cently on the in­sti­tute’s premises.

Twenty mothers were crowned by the school prin­ci­pal, Su­man Lata Yadav, 40, in the pres­ence of sub-di­vi­sional mag­is­trate Gau­rav Shukla. “The school iden­ti­fied mothers of stu­dents whose at­ten­dance was above 90%, who were punc­tual, did their home­work prop­erly and main­tained hygiene,” Yadav said.

“We wanted to recog­nise the mothers who worked tire­lessly be­hind the scenes to en­sure that their children did well. We feel this will en­cour­age other guardians also to take bet­ter care of their wards and a greater in­ter­est in their stud­ies. We are hope­ful this step will bring about a marked im­prove­ment in the aca­demic progress of children,” the prin­ci­pal said.

Anita Devi, mother of Class 3 stu­dent Vivek, said, “It was very sat­is­fy­ing when I was crowned. I am sure the com­pe­ti­tion will be tougher next year.”

Za­reena Bengum, mother of Class 5 stu­dent Ar­man, said this was a unique ini­tia­tive. “No other school in the district has done any­thing like this,” she said. There are 419 stu­dents in the school, in­clud­ing 217 girls. Most of them are first gen­er­a­tion learn­ers. Teach­ers said they take a lot of in­ter­est in keep­ing the stu­dents mo­ti­vated. “In 2009, there were hardly 100 pupils but now, we have crossed the 400 mark,” the prin­ci­pal said.

The man­age­ment has also dealt with its fair share of prob­lems be­fore wit­ness­ing an in­crease in en­rol­ments. “There was no bound­ary wall and the sur­round­ings were heav­ily en­croached. Sev­eral class­rooms were locked or oc­cu­pied by oth­ers. We got them all opened to en­sure there was a con­ducive at­mos­phere for teach­ing and learn­ing. To­day, the school has all fa­cil­i­ties that a pri­vate school of­fers, such as, an in­verter, fur­ni­ture and a proper build­ing,” claimed the prin­ci­pal.

Su­man Lata Yadav re­ceived the ‘Rani Laxmibai Award’ at the hands for­mer chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Yadav. She used the award money of Rs 1 lakh to get fur­ni­ture made for the school as ear­lier, stu­dents used to sit on a ‘dari’ (mat) dur­ing classes.

HT

▪ Mothers of stu­dents get­ting crowned at Pri­mary School Kun­warpur Ban­wari in Kan­nauj district.

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