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77-year-old retired teacher continues to teach sans salary

Kendrapara: School is a temple and students are Lord Jagannath for Banabihari Das of Khakharuni village in Kendrapara district. Popular as Bana sir, the 77-year-old has been teaching students without any salary for the last 18 years post his retirement.

Setting a trend for others, Banabihari Das has been providing elementary education to the students at the village even at this age.

There has been not a single day when I have not come to school without any reason

– Banabihari

It is the passion of teaching that has been driving Banabihari to continue to educate children – the future of the nation, even after his retirement.

“Teaching students and looking after their individual needs, Bana sir has been a source of inspiration for many in the village,” said Prakash Panda, an ex-student.

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