Education system in a shambles in Malkangiri school

Malkangiri: The tall claims of the Odisha government regarding improving the education infrastructure in government institutions appear to have fallen flat. The Government SSD Girls’ High School in Chitrakonda block in Malkangiri district is a glaring example of such government apathy.

Shortage of teaching staff is affecting the education in the school which has strength of nearly 700 students. At present there are only 10 teachers against the requirement of at least 25 teachers.

Besides, the school is allegedly having a ‘regularly irregular’ headmaster which is further worsening the situation. Moreover, the students staying in the school hostel have accused the head master of harassing them.

The students have also complained of erratic electricity and water supply along with poor quality of food being served to them in hostel.

As per reports, there have been gross irregularities in money sanctioned for cycles for the students who are also yet to get their stipend money.

“We are facing a lot of problems; our woes are being neglected. Even though we have apprised our teachers and the head master, no one is listening to us,” lamented a student.

“The students are plagued with several problems but the concerned authorities are callous about the gravity of the matter. As we are serving here on contractual basis, the authorities are threatening us to face dire consequences if we report such irregularities,” alleged a teacher of the school.

However, the head master-in-charge of the school, Antaryami Parida said that he is unaware of the problems of the students as the regular headmaster of the school has been looking into it. He also pleaded ignorance about any irregularities in the school.

Meanwhile, the headmaster was not available for comment.