Government school in Dakshina Kannada sells areca nuts to buy bus and provide safe transport for students

A public school in Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka bought a bus for students by selling areca nuts grown on its land. The 26-seater bus will now bring students from distant locations to school. The school, with a 112-year history, owns 4.15 acres.

The School Development and Monitoring Committee (SDMC), villagers and teachers planted more than 600 areca nut saplings in 2017. Last year, areca nut started producing. The school farm is outsourced to local farmers and through which the school receives Rs 2.50 lakhs per year.

After using the money earned from farming activities and selling areca nuts on the open market, the school bought a 26-seater bus, costing Rs 5 lakh, to bring students who live far from the school . According to the director of the school, A Soorja, the maintenance of the bus would be managed by the SDMC from the income of the areca farm.

School bus to help with safer transportation

Currently, the school has 118 children, mostly from low-income families. Prior to this bus, the school has no private means of transportation to bring students who live far away in remote areas to school. The introduction of a new school bus will now benefit these students.

Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Puttur Constituency, Sanjeeva Matandoor left the bus and praised the efforts of teachers, villagers and SDMC. He mentioned that an extra hall for the school has been sanctioned and a concrete road will soon be built to facilitate transportation, Indian Express reported.

Principal of the school, Saroja A, praising the efforts of all stakeholders, said, “The bus could not have been purchased without the involvement of panchayat members, parents, villagers, donors and former students who have contributed significantly to the development of the school. Over time. Many students traveled to school by rickshaw along a dangerous route. Thanks to the bus, approximately 75 students will benefit from safer transport.

According to school officials, vegetables and fruits including papaya, pumpkin, banana and jackfruit are also grown on the four acres of farmland. The school would use the same to prepare lunches.

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