15CT BAIRAYIKKULAM SCHOOL In Calicut district of Kerala ,government schools having low number of students is a common thing.  In government lower primary school out of the total 13 students ,12 are children of migrant labourers ,with their mother tongue being Bengali and tamil.  SyamalaV.K. headmistress was asked about the shrinking number of students in her school.  “Education should not be looked upon only in terms of profit and loss.  Our attempt should be to give the best education to students.”  School had only 22 students a couple of years back.  The  Headmistress was asked whether  to handle students is language a barrier.  “They are quick learners.   One staff from the Block Resource Centre, who is trained in Hindi, is visiting the school every week to help us. We are teaching them subjects in both Malayalam and English.”   Extra curricular activities in school had participation of most of the students.  Local organization had conducted drawing competitions and many of them had won prizes.  Manju from Kolkatta says she can understand Malayalam.  Parents too feel that teachers are taking care of the children well.  The head mistress is making  arrangements to admit two students in the next academic year.  “It is our duty to protect public educational institutions.  With the support of the government, we will try to do our best,” she said.

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