On behalf of teacher’s day, Two teachers from Dakshina Kannada and one from Udupi have been selected for the state government’s Best Teacher Award. Amitananda Hegde (primary teacher category), a teacher at a government higher primary school, Bangadi, Radhakrishna T (high school section), science teacher, government PU college, Koyyur, and Sanjeeva Devadiga, a teacher at a government lower primary school in Kervashe, Karkala taluk, Udupi district are the selected teachers.
Radhakrishna has been selected for implementing first-of-a-kind initiatives in a school located in the remote village of Belthangady. Some of his accomplishments include achieving a 100% pass in the SSLC exam for several years in a row, implementing rainwater harvesting, constructing a 200-metre sports track with a gallery, cultivating extinction-threatened herbal medicinal plants on the school premises, establishing a biodiversity park, launching smart classes and teaching paddy cultivation to students and others.
“I am happy that the government has recognised my work which are student-centric for the past two decades,” Radhakrishna, a native of Peruvai village in Bantwal taluk, said.
Amitananda Hegde has been selected for the development of the school and the use of teaching technology. Hegde is a native of Ujire. “I have been teaching for the last 25 years. Over the years, with the help of the SDMC, local people and donors, we developed a school on a par with private schools,’’ he said.
Hegde has been instrumental in bringing dropout students back to school and conducting classes for differently abled children by visiting their homes.
Sanjeeva Devadiga, who has been teaching students in the Naxal-affected area with no internet connectivity, took a bold step to ensure education for children during the pandemic. Realising that students will lose out on education for a long time, Devadiga convinced about 10-12 women graduate candidates to conduct classes at their homes. Daily classes, which later became popular as Akkana Shale, were attended by 15–16 students who stayed close to the graduate candidates’ houses. He played a key role in increasing admissions to the school from 30 to 117. Devadiga also started LKG/UKG classes with an English curriculum.