Byndoor, July 11, 2018: Government schools have been trying many methods to improve attendance of students in the schools. Gujjadi, Maravanthe and Navunda Government Higher Primary Schools in the Byndoor education blocks have started school vehicles to ferry the students.
The old students association handed over a school bus to the Maravanthe school. Last year, the service of the bus was restricted to the Maravanthe village. As a result, the preschool section in the school had 75 students while the school had 190 students. This year, the service has been extended to the neighbouring Hadavu village as well. 95 students were admitted to the school following this, said headmaster Satyana Koderi. A nominal fee is collected from the students who use the bus services.
It was Aishwarya Mestha who donated a bus to Gujjadi School last year. The bus covers Trasi, Kanchugodu, Bengere, Kalihithlu, Janata Colony, Bantragaradi, Hebbarabailu and ferries 70 children. A nominal fee of Rs 100 to Rs 150 is collected from the parents. At least Rs 20,000 is needed for the maintenance of the bus every month. The Old Students Association also bears the maintenance cost. Owing to the efforts of the association, the number of children in the school has increased to 237, said in-charge headmaster Jayaram Shetty.
In the Navunda school, the bus services are provided to children from Maravanthe, Arehole Cross, and others. At least 120 children from the school used the facility. Now, the number of children has increased to 190. The preschool has 80 children, said headmaster Anand G.