Bantwal: The teachers and students of a government school in Ojala village in Bantwal grow jasmine plants to pay the honorarium to the guest teachers.
The two guest teachers of Government Lower Primary School of Ojala village get their payment from the money obtained by selling the jasmine flowers grown in the school.
As told by the headmistress of the school, the school authorities decided to grow jasmine flowers in 2013 to generate revenue as there were no funds to pay the guest teachers. "Today we get a good produce of jasmine flowers in the school premises and the money we get from selling the flowers in the market is payed as honorarium to the guest teachers," says the headmistress.
Sources say that the school which began in 1968, had no funds to pay the guest teachers it had hired, some eight years ago. Determined that the children's education should not be hindered, the villagers urged the School Development and Monitoring Committee (SDMC) to grow jasmine on the campus to generate revenue.
Reportedly, the jasmine plants today generate a revenue of Rs 70,000 to Rs 80,000 per year.
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