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Nadia School Held Classes On Sunday To Pay Tribute To APJ Kalam

2015-08-09 23:50

Classes being held on Sunday at Shimulia High School


Chapra (Nadia), Aug. 9: A school located close to Indo Bangladesh border in Shimulia-Elangi village in Nadia’s Chapra paid tribute to the demised former president APJ Abdul Kalam on Sunday by taking normal classes like any other school days.

The former president died in Shillong on July 27 at the age of 83. Most of the schools in the country were remained open on the next day following his advice of the demised president who asked the countrymen not to declare holiday on his death, rather to work a day more.

However, there was possibly no school who followed the other part of his advice – work a day more.

The 1250 students of the ShimuliaHigh School become exceptional when they truly following the wishes of the esteemed president attended the entire session of seven periods from 10.45 Am to 4.20 PM and taken notes from their 29 teachers on Sunday as a mark of their great respect to the country’s ‘Missile Man’.

It was for the first time in the history of 78 years of the school, students attended normal classes on any Sunday or holiday.

The school is around 42-km away from Krishnanagar located under Maheshpur panchayat, from where international border is barely 1-km away. Most of the students belong to farming community and first generation learners.

Headmaster Jyotirmoy Ghosh said: “The classes held today on the request of the students. On Saturday around five hundred students submitted a written request to arrange classes on Sunday as they want to pay respect to the demised president APJ Abdul Kalam following his words. I was moved with their appeal and told other teachers who agreed to attend school today despite holiday and living at distant places. The school management also had given their nod”.

On Sunday a prayer was held at the assembly in the memory of the former President first. Floral tributes were paid to him and the teachers said few words about him. After that normal classes resumed.

“As per usual practice the classes commenced from 10.45. We followed the class routines of Tuesday as due to heavy rain classes were disrupted of the day in last week. So we chose to compensate the Tuesday classes. As a result, it never appeared to us that we are on a holiday actually. The only difference was a picture of APJ Abdul Kalam which we kept at every class room”.

Except few students who went to appear in a talent contest in a neighboring school, most of the students and all the 29 teachers and non teaching staff attended the school and mid day meal also served as usual.

Safiuddin Mandal, a class XII arts student said: “We read the wishes of the President Kalam in the daily newspaper after his death. His advice not to spoil a day by mourning, rather to work more was quite inspiring. So we make this plan to attend classes an extra day – on a holiday”

Rumpa Mandal, a class X student said: “We observed silence in memory of Kalam Sir after his death, but we felt that it was not enough. We decided pay him tribute by following his words. So we appealed the teachers to take our classes on Sunday”.

The teachers of the school appeared to be elated to experience a ‘working’ holiday.

“It is a new lesson to me also. I am glad to be able to attend the school today. The students have truly paid respect to this great scientist in the way he visualized the ideal work culture of the country”, said Unneta Biswas, English teacher of the school who attended school travelling around 105-km from her Kanchrapara based home in North 24 parganas.

Ghentu Kumar Ghosh, a physical education teacher said: “Announcing a holiday to mourn a death is against the spirit of Kalamji’s words. So on July 28 took normal classes. But, it was the students who actually reminded us to work more a day”.

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