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Tamil Nadu students cry for their English teacher over his transfer

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G Bhagawan, English teacher, Government High School, Veliagaram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, Regional news, Education news

Chennai: This is a story of a young man who was wearing a simple grey shirt and grey pants is surrounded by students-all of them crying, hanging on to him, holding him back. G Bhagawan, the beloved English teacher of the Government High School in Veliagaram.

As Bhagwan was given a transfer order for Thiruvallur from Veliagaram, and the students of the school were left heartbroken. They created a barrier with their love and affection for the 28-year-old-one student even hugging him from the back, refusing to let him leave. Touched, Bhagawan, too, was crying as much as his students.

Whole pictures of this emotional moment were published in the number of media houses, and the students’ gesture moved even the bureaucracy. G Bhagawan was transferred to the Government High School in Arungulam near Tiruttani-but this deployment has now been put on hold for ten days, after which it will be decided if he should stay in Veliagaram school or go to the new school.

 

 young man who was wearing a simple grey shirt and grey pants is surrounded by students-all of them crying, hanging on to him, holding him back. G Bhagawan, the beloved English teacher

 

Speaking to media persons, Bhagawan said, “This is my first ever job in a school. I was appointed as a graduate teacher in Government High School, Veliagaram in 2014. Actually, if you look at the teacher-student ratio I was a surplus staff. So they decided to put me in another school that was short staffed and I got transferred to Tiruttani.”

Bhagawan teaches English for students from class 6 to class 10. He had participated in the teachers’ transfer counselling that was held from June 12 to June 21, and chose Arungulam as his preferred location.

But as soon as the students got wind of their teacher’s transfer, protests broke out in the school. Parents, too, supported the children who decided that they would not attend school on Tuesday to demonstrate that they were against the government’s decision of transferring Bhagawan.

 

Students in Tamil Nadu cried for their English teacher over his transfer:

 

“They were hugging and crying and clutching my foot refusing to let me go. Watching them, I broke down. Then I took them to the hall and consoled them saying that I’ll be back in a few days,” Bhagawan said.

The headmaster of the Veliagaram School, A Aravind said that the students had fostered a parental bond with Bhagawan and hence expressed their emotions on hearing about his transfer.

“The government conducts these counselling sessions to fulfil the stipulated teacher-student ratio across government schools in Tamil Nadu. Our school had 281 students last year. The junior most teachers are usually picked and transferred to other schools, based on the counselling. Bhagawan, and one other teacher from this school, have been transferred this year,” he said.

 

 young man who was wearing a simple grey shirt and grey pants is surrounded by students-all of them crying, hanging on to him, holding him back. G Bhagawan, the beloved English teacher

 

Students have been reported as saying that though many teachers have left the school in the past, they have not felt this sad for any of them.

Explaining how he tried to create a personal bond with the students, Bhagawan told media persons, “I have tried my best to interact with students beyond just academics. I used to narrate stories, understand their family background, talk to them about their future, and show them things via the projector.”

“These projector sessions, in particular, were very enthralling for them. They felt like they were sitting in a cinema hall. It’s probably because of all these new things I tried to do that we developed a real bond. More than a teacher, I’m a friend, a brother to them.”

 

 young man who was wearing a simple grey shirt and grey pants is surrounded by students-all of them crying, hanging on to him, holding him back. G Bhagawan, the beloved English teacher

 

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Maharashtra, Haryana polls on 21st October

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New Delhi: Assembly elections in Maharashtra and Haryana will be held on October 21, the Election Commission announced on Saturday.

Counting of votes in both the states will be held on October 24, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora said at a press conference here.

Addressing a press conference, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora said the notification for the elections in the two States would be issued on September 27, the last date for candidates to file nominations would be October 4, the date for scrutiny of nominations would be October 5 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature would be October 7.

“Haryana has 1.82 crore registered voters and Maharashtra has 8.94 crore voters” said Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora.

Chief Election Commissioner also appealed to the political parties to avoid use of plastic in campaigns, as he said, “Election campaigns impose an environmental cost upon us. We appeal to political parties to avoid use of plastic and use only environment-friendly material in their campaigns.”

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