Firozpur (Punjab): Till four years back, there were neither sufficient rooms nor desks for the students at the government senior secondary school at Bahak Gujra village near Zira in the district.
And this is the story of almost every other government school. The teachers, of course, accept it as inevitable and do little beyond blaming the government. However, the staffers of this school decided to do something on their own.
The principal Rakesh Sharma and the entire staff spent money from their own pockets to build more rooms and buy furniture. Now thanks to their hard work and dedication, today it is the best school in the area and last year, it won the State Award for Cleanest School. This year, it is in the race for national award. It is ahead of many prestigious missionary schools as far as infrastructure and quality of education is concerned.
In 2014, the government school staff developed seven parks and planted 7,000 saplings in them. One park is for school prayers, another for girls to sit in, one each for playing kabaddi and volleyball and the remaining for miscellaneous activities. Medicinal plants and flowers have also been planted in the parks.
The school has been declared polythene-free and all the students and staffers are fully cooperating to keep the school clean and green. No disposable items are used in any school function. The school has a water treatment plant and rainwater harvesting system.
Staff spends 20 per cent salary on school
The school now has 12 classrooms and a community hall with CCTV and public address system, facility besides mid-day meal hall. The school staff spends 10 to 20 per cent of their annual salary on school.
Seven academic gold medals
Principal Rakesh Sharma has bagged seven academic gold medals. He received Punjab Government’s citation for commendable work. He has been honoured with Best Headmaster Award by the Teacher’s Club. The district administration and district education department have honoured him on several occasions.