The post was also shared by Malayalam filmmaker Aashiq Abu

Kerala teachers Facebook post on the virtue of innocence over academic excellence goes viral
news Sunday, July 31, 2016 - 16:28

A Kerala school teacher’s Facebook post, which induces one to rethink the real meaning of education has gone viral on social media.

The post has been widely discussed by social media users after the post was shared by Malayalam filmmaker Aashiq Abu.

Saji Jacob, a teacher of Maliankadu Government LP School in Kuttipuram of Malappuram district had shared few photographs of his class 4 students applying ointment on another classmate.

Saji’s Facebook post says on Friday morning when he entered the classroom, he saw his students seriously discussing about their classmate Yashwant who had got rashes on his body following an allergy.

“Some were running to collect Tulsi leaves, some rushed to get raw turmeric, within seconds all these arrived. They made him eat Tulsi leaves and applied its juice in his body,” explains Saji in his post.

 “Meanwhile Arya and Fida rushed to me and said there was a better medicine at their house, which they used while they had allergy. Calamin ointment, I agreed and they ran home. They brought it, removed Yeswant’s shirt and applied it themselves. Within an hour his rashes disappeared,” he writes.

The teacher concludes his post by saying he was watching it curiously. “Isn’t it what we expect from kids, more than academic excellence?” he asks.

While speaking to The News Minute Saji confesses that he never expected his post to be shared so widely. “When I posted I never thought it would become viral as I did not give much prominence to it. It was an act of innocent virtue of the kids,” he says.

He also says this innocence is what he expects being a teacher rather than academic excellence. 


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