This institution has been offering free education for a century | Mangaluru News
In addition to free quality education, the private institution provides free uniforms, lunches and transportation to students. Currently, the school has approximately 220 children studying from Class I to SSLC level.
Satish Bhat, a lawyer and correspondent for Besant Kannada Medium School, told TOI that the institution which is called Besant National High School and Besant Higher Primary School, has been providing free education for a century. “The Kannada school has been a great source of support for the poor, providing them with quality education, which has uplifted them socially. The Kannada school is the first institution of the Besant group established in 1918. It follows the curriculum of the state government of Karnataka,” he said. The school operates at its Kodialbail North campus.
Bhat added that the school established by Dr. Annie Besant, completed its centenary in 2019. Initially, it started as an all-girls school, to empower women in the region. “Although it is an assisted school, the primary section has no government teachers and is run by the management staff, while the high school has only a few government teachers and the rest is managed by the management staff.”
Bhat said the institution organized two buses to pick up and drop off children from distant places like Kavoor and Marakada. The school offers a midday meal, which is linked to Iskcon, a free uniform, books, a computer lab and other facilities. “Per year, the institution spends more than Rs 4 lakh to educate these middle school children in Kannada for free. This year, we have taken the initiative to publicize the facilities offered by our establishment and banners have been placed on our school buses. The banner photos have gone viral on social media,” Bhat said, adding that they are ready to accept any number of admissions.