Who is the real jewel?The school was (and still is) considered one of the best schools of South Calcutta. Although it has been a Government-aided school, the results of the Board examinations have been better than most the English-medium private schools. Year after year, the students of the school have been bringing laurels for the school. The school is also known for football. Every year, the students have been participating in various competitions and bring shields which are proudly kept in the room of the Headmaster of the school.
During seventies and eighties, one of the Mathematics teachers of the school was well-known all over South Calcutta. His terrible as well as funny method of teaching the subject can still be heard. He was the most famous teacher among the illustrious teaching faculty members of the school.
The teacher had a son. He had been the student of the school during mid-seventies. He was an exceptionally brilliant student, got ranks in Xth standard and XIIth standard Board examinations and studied Aeronautical Engineering at IIT-Kharagpur. Immediately after passing out, he went to the USA and joined NASA and later started working in a missile development programme. He was considered a jewel of the school. His name is still there in the Honour Board of the school.
A curly-haired boy studied in the same school during late seventies and early eigties. He was a good footballer but weak in studies, particularly in Mathematics. He had to face terrible time in the class of the Mathematics teacher. In Xth Board examination, he committed almost a criminal offence (!); he passed in second division! He left the school.
Time passed. The teacher continued to teach. The students of the school continued to know about the only son of the Mathematics teacher. The students learnt about his salary, his palatial house in the USA, his car and also about his American wife. But he never visited his country for more than ten years.
The teacher ultimately retired in 1993. Immediately after his retirement, he was diagnosed with cancer. Due to red-tapism prevalent at that time, his pension was not released. He had to spend considerable amount (which he had earned from private tuition) in his treatment. His wife was baffled. The son never bothered to come or send money for his treatment.
In the meantime, the curly-haired boy completed his Graduation from an ordinary college of Calcutta and got an ordinary job in the State Government. At that particular point of time, he was posted in the Pension Department of the State Government. One day he saw the frail Mathematics teacher in the corridor of his office. Knowing about the problem, he made every effort-involved every colleague and officer of his Department, and managed to release the pension and other retirement dues of his teacher. The teacher did not survive long. He left the world in 1994, but the back-bencher student ensured that the widow of the Mathematics teacher live more or less comfortably after the death of her husband. The 'jewel' never bothered to visit his mother.
Now, the students and ex-students of the school are in a dilemma. Although the name of the son of the late Mathematics teacher still remains in the Honours list, the ordinary student, who is an ordinary clerk of the State Government, is now being considered 'jewel' of the school. Not only for the Mathematics teacher, he has ensured timely release of pension of all retired teachers of the school.