The 60 zila parishad schools renovated with the money have since attracted several students from English medium schools
Teachers and villagers of Deoni tehsil in Maharashtra’s Latur district have together collected over Rs 40 lakh in order to renovate zila parishad schools.
“They visited each village in the tehsil, organised meetings of parents, roped in elected representatives from the gram panchayat level and managed to collect Rs 40.78 lakh from the public to renovate ZP schools,” informed block development officer Manoj Raut on September 14.
About 261 zila parishad teachers were accompanied by several locals as they went around villages, holding gatherings to raise money. In one such meeting at Wagnalwadi village, a sum of Rs 75,000 was raised on the spot.
Deoni tehsil has 54 villages and 45 gram panchayats, with 65 zila parishad schools out of which 60 are being renovated. The villagers raised Rs 23 lakh, while the rest of the amount was put together by the teachers.
Raut also said that the renovation of these schools is being carried out as part of the BaLa project under zila parishad chief executive officer Abhinav Goyal.
According to Shankarrao Patil Talegaonkar, the deputy chairperson of the panchayat samiti of Deoni, the ZP schools have managed to attract more students post renovation, with many students leaving English medium schools to enrol there.
Talegaonkar also said that 5.80% of student strength has increased in these zila parishad schools in Deoni ever since.
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