Mrunal Manmay Dash

At a time when the State government is claiming that its 5T formula is transforming education in Odisha, a school in Sundargarh’s Koida block is grappling without a blackboard. Instead, the school has made classroom walls make-shift blackboards to impart education to its students.

The school in question is Sanapurunapani Upper Primary School under Koida’s Gopana Panchayat.

"Blackboard is a must for primary education. The administration is not providing us a blackboard. So I chose to write on the walls for the students,” said Assistant Teacher, Binapani Mohanty.

“We are even forced to bring our own coloured chalks to the school. Because it is difficult to identify letters on a white wall written by govt-supplied white chalk,” she said.

This is not all, for a total of 47 students, there are only three teachers, making it hard to provide sufficient time to cover all the subjects.

As per reports, electrical cables and switches in the classrooms are in a dangerous state as well. Hanging cables and open switchboards pose threat to the students, said sources.

When asked about the school, the District Education Officer (DEO) said, “The school authorities have all the rights to purchase anything for the school. I will speak with the Head Mistress about why the blackboard is not provided in the classrooms.”

(Reported By Sunil Panda, OTV)