There’s an admission in the Government Primary School in Vengalampalli, in Peapully mandal of Andhra’s Kurnool district. She’s interested in the subjects that goes on in her school. She also happens to be a langur.
For the past 15 days, The langur of two years of age has been visiting the school and attending classes sincerely with the other students.
This has led to much excitement among the local people and the media. Speaking to TNM, the school’s headmaster, S Abdul Lateef, confirmed that the latest “student” has been very sincere in attending school.
“It’s been close to 15 days and the langur is coming to school and sharing the classroom with the children. Since it was not harming anyone, we didn’t do anything to shoo it away,” headmaster, S Abdul Lateef, said.
The langur spends time with the children and also plays with them. And the children like the animal so much that it has reduced the number of absentees in the school! This is why the staff does not mind the distraction much.
“It comes and sits with the students and tries to look at what they are doing. It’s not an aggressive animal and hasn’t harmed anyone. But it does climb on to the students’ heads! It also roams about after classes and during leisure hours,” Lateef added.
While most children are happy when school ends, the langur isn’t.
“When the children leave the school, the langur becomes nervous and we can even see the disappointment on the animal’s face. It dislikes leaving the school premises,” Lateef said.
The langur now has a name – Lakshmi. Since Lakshmi is such a sensation on campus, with children gravitating towards the animal even during class hours, the staff have now decided to stop it from entering classrooms.
“We are now locking the doors soon after morning assembly and not letting Lakshmi get inside for the past five days as the students are not concentrating on what the teachers are teaching,” later the headmaster added.