Thiruvananthapuram: They guided countless students to successful lives. But after retirement, during their sunset years, some of them have nobody to look after them.
In 'Hermitage', there are a group of such teachers who failed to learn some lessons of life.
Hermitage, an initiative of the Central government, is a shelter for retired teachers who were abandoned by their children and relatives. This special old age home, established in 1994 near Petta in Thiruvananthapuram, is functioning with the assitance of the State government.
The National Foundation for Teachers' Welfare took the initiative to establish such a centre. The idea was conceived when P J Joseph was the education minister in E K Nayanar ministry.
Even though Hermitage was opened for unmarried teachers or those who have no children, majority of the inmates are here after being abandoned by their children. There are 28 female teachers and 21 male teachers. Four couples chose to stay here and not to depend on their children.
The room rent per day is Rs.150 and the food costs Rs.90. Only those teachers who have retired from government/aided LP, UP and HS schools will be admitted to Hermitage.
Every year, nearly five new teachers seek admission in Hermitage, says Daniel, manager of the centre.