Differently-abled writes with leg to teach students

Shobha Majumdar is not an ordinary teacher of the only primary school at remote Rangapukuria village in North Dinajpur district.

Last Updated: Mar 11, 2011, 12:02 PM IST

Rangapukuria: Shobha Majumdar is not an
ordinary teacher of the only primary school at remote
Rangapukuria village in North Dinajpur district. She writes
with her leg to elucidate a point to her students.

A differently abled person since her birth, Shobha has
obtained her post-graduate degree in history followed by a
diploma in computer and finally a job in the primary school at
Rangapukuria village in the Raiganj block.

With the chalk clasped firmly between her toes, Shobha in
her mid-20s moves the leg swiftly on the blackboard kept on
the floor and teaches her students.

"Everybody writes with his or her hands. My hands are
non-functional. So I write with my leg," she says talking to
PTI at her school.

Sobha said her mother Shanti Majumder encouraged her all
along to practice writing with her leg.

"Initially, I had faced problem getting admission in
school as a student with the authorities thinking I will not
be able to continue my studies this way. However, they
relented later," she says.

Born into a very poor family, Shobha was given free
tuition by her teachers till she passed the board
examinations. She then cleared BA and MA in History from North
Bengal University.

Apart from teaching in the school, Shobha also helps in
the household chores like cutting vegetables with her leg.

Her parents are all very proud of their daughter. "Shobha
has realised what we had earlier thought impossible. She has a
job," her mother says proudly.

District Magistrate Sunil Dandapat said the district
administration would felicitate Shobha for what she has done.

PTI