The villagers of Konarpalayam, near Annur in Coimbatore, have found a novel way to boost enrolment in the primary school there — they are offering a one-gram gold coin, Rs 5,000 and two sets of free uniform for the first 10 children who enrol.
Their effort has paid instant dividends. “Three children have joined the school,” says Rajesh Chandrakumar Y, the headmaster. “Three more students have shown interest.”
The school, which started in 1996 with 165 students, gradually started losing sheen as residents of the largely agrarian village shifted to neighbouring places due to crop failure.
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