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Ramnath Jeetah Left Us: Teacher, MP And Great Social Worker

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It is with deep sadness that we learn of the death of Ramnath Jeetah at the age of 92. Mr Ramnath Jeetah is one of the few men living today who participated in the Independence election in 1967 and remained faithful to the ideal of a free Mauritius. He then served his country as a teacher, MP and selfless social worker. He created Eastern College, PBBC and gave hope to thousands. He enjoyed farm work and reading. He has very strict principles and never chose the easier path as many are tempted to.

Born in Central Flacq on 13th June 1930, Mr Ramnath Jeetah started his career in education in 1951 as a member of the teaching staff of Bhujoharry College.

In 1973, following his demand, a commission of enquiry on the sugar industry was set up and the findings of the commission came as a blessing to the small sugar cane planters. Thus, the community of small planters was saved from bankruptcy and disaster.

There was major improvement in the economic conditions of small planters, and their children were able to afford university education.

Mr. Jeetah has always believed that education is not the privilege of a few but a right for all. Accordingly on 31st August 1976, as chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, he recommended free education for all in the country, which became a reality in 1976.

Ramnath Jeetah
Ramnath Jeetah

Mr. Jeetah fought a relentless battle to further certain ideals in education – the fight against illiteracy, the provision of an education that aims at the development of the overall personality of the child, the concept of equality, the dismantlement of the elite system and the democratisation of education in Mauritius.

In harmony with the above philosophy and very much conscious of our cultural heritage he has made a tremendous contribution in the uplifting of Hindi, Sanskrit and the Indian culture in Mauritius.

He founded in 1956, the Eastern College which was renamed on 4th September 1991, Professor Basdeo Bissoondoyal College as a tribute to Professor Basdeo Bissoondoyal for his immense contribution to the campaign against illiteracy and ignorance.

Today, the School is recognised as the largest educational institution in the country, accommodating around 3,000 pupils.

In 2011, the Government of Mauritius conferred the prestigious title of G.O.S.K to him recognizing his contributions towards education in Mauritius.

Le Matinal Media presents its sincere condolences to the Jeetah family.

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