Ranni: As schools across Kerala have been shutdown in a bid to combat the spread of coronavirus, educational authorities in the state have advised teachers and non-teaching staff to use the free time for review, maintenance, planning and preparations for the next academic year.
Taking cue from the advisory, teachers of the Government Lower Primary School at Perunad in Ranni spruced up the hall which was in a bad condition for a while owing to shortage of funds. They mobilised funds, painted the hall and even created inspiring artwork.
The school had been allotted Rs 12,500 to carry out various works of which only Rs 2,000 was set apart for painting, including materials and labour. Five teachers pooled in a total of Rs 2,000 and bought paint, brushes and other materials for Rs 4,000. Some teachers also bought leftover paint from home.
Led by headmistress Karmala Kusumam, the painting was done by teachers Geetha Samuel, Raji Paul George, N R Subi and A S Mini. They had to climb on top of two desks and benches tied together to complete the work.
Teachers have to report at school despite the shutdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic that has shaken the world. As reported earlier, some schools and colleges in Kerala have started classes over WhatsApp to make up for lost time.
Ranni is in Pathanamthitta district of Kerala.