In the daily grind of academia where students are made to achieve unrealistic standards to qualify as a scholar, a few school teachers go beyond their call of duty to create an environment where a student can just be a student.
A case of English teacher from Tamil Nadu, who was being transferred under a routine redeployment policy, presented the example of the student-teacher bond an educator creates with his pupils that transcends classrooms; when his transfer had to be delayed for ten days after students launched an emotional protest against the move.
In an usual situation, students of Government High School in Veliagaram launched a protest and physically held their teacher, G Bhagwan, after reports surfaced that he was being transferred to another school in the region.
As per media reports, the 28-year-old teacher, who taught English subject from 6th to 10th class, was surrounded and held by teary-eyed students, who did not allow him to leave the school.
Bhagwan, was at the school’s office to finish the transfer procedure, when the emotions erupted. Around 100 students launched a protest and physically restrained him, in an effort to stop him from joining another school.
In the midst of the high-emotional scenes, as per media reports, G Bhagwan himself became emotional.
“I was stopped by students when I stepped out of the office. They took away my scooter key first. Then they snatched my bag, crying and shouting loudly. Then they literally dragged me to the classroom. I earned not only my salary but their love and affection too,” Bhagawan told the Indian Express.