A WhatsApp group led people belonging to Kannimarpatti village in Tamil Nadu and living abroad to come together to prevent a school in their village from shutting down, according to The New Indian Express.
The Government Union Primary School in Kannimarpatt village near the Sivaganga district was supposed to be closed down due to falling number of students. A WhatsApp group Kannimarpatti Fire Way made sure that about 60 students took admission in the school this year.
A WhatsApp group member and alumni, P Thirupathi, told TNIE, “The fate of the school was the topic of discussion in the group for six months.”
The school only had about 12 students in the school from Class I to V last year. The members of the WhatsApp group collected donations of about Rs 7 lakhs to renovate the school and make it attractive for the students. About 120 people came ahead to donate money for the cause. The school building was completely painted and renovated, and new fans, tables, chairs and benches were also bought for the school.
Thirupathi said that most of the people in the village could not afford private schools but still preferred to send their children to private schools due to lack of facilities in government schools.
They also got special permissions to start LKG and UKG classes in the school. However, most of the people in the group did not study in the school.
This story was first reported by V Vignesh in The New Indian Express.