The New Life Centre school finally reopened to all the pupils on 16th March 2022. The last two years have been difficult for Mr Naskar as he has struggled to keep in touch with the older children in the school by various means. The Indian government advised schools to go online, as schools did here, but in an area where the majority of parents do not have access to the internet, this was impossible!
Undeterred Mr Naskar kept in touch with the staff who maintained some contact with the older children, either through phones or delivering hard copies of work to be filled in and returned. Despite these conditions, those sitting their Board exam in 2021 did extremely well and have moved on to college and further studies.
The consequences of the pandemic will be felt for many years in this isolated rural location. Many families left the area to go to the city, where there was more help and the chances of a better living. The Government schools in the area around the NLC are offering food packages, which is a Government incentive to get children back to school, but also means that the school roll for the NLC has diminished.
As always Mr Naskar remains positive that the lure of a good education will win and he is confident that parents who are now sending their children to the Government schools will return to the NLC in due course. The discipline and ethos of the NLC as seen in the assembly photo means that the students, who are destined to repeat the ‘hand to mouth’ living of their parents, if they attend the local Government schools, will be given greater choices in the NLC and further education, which is their gateway to a better life.
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