Left without salary since March, 52-year-old Hanumanlu Raghu, father of three, was finding the going tough. But he had not revealed his hardships to anybody until one day when an old student called to enquire about him.
After immediately sending rice to his favourite teacher, Kaligotta Ganga Reddy teamed up with his school batch-mates and set up a shop for Raghu. They spent Rs 80,000 to put up a shed for a shop near Ippapalle village, Kathlapur mandal in Jagtial district, where the teacher lives. More services are set to be provided for the shop, including a refrigerator.
Raghu who has an MA (English) post graduate degree, is gearing up to make a fresh start and run a chicken and tiffin centre during the ongoign crisis. “I am overwhelmed by the love the students have shown me. It cannot be expressed in words,” Raghu told TOI.
More than 25 years ago, Raghu was teaching in Chaitanya Bharathi School, a private school in Rudrangi (in erstwhile Karimnagar, now Rajanna Sircilla). The principal of the zila parishad high school, Rudrangi had once requested him to take two classes for the children in Biology, as he also has a BSc degree. The students who passed out of the private school, which was only up to lass 7, got into the ZPHS school, and he got to teach them in class 10 again.
“He would make lessons interesting for us,” Kaligotta Gangi Reddy, one of the students of the 1997-98 SSC batch said.
For the last 10 years, the teacher was working for a private school Vijay Vidya Niketan, at Thandiyala village, 5 km from his house.