Future in Dark: No classroom, Anganwadi centre for kids in Dhenkanal village

Dhenkanal: Forget about luxurious air-conditioned classrooms and colourful school buildings, with the unavailability of even a single room and an Anganwadi centre for children, primary education has taken a back seat in Kalada village under Kankadahada block of the district.

As per reports, around hundred students of five classes of Kalada Primary School are forced to study in the veranda of the school as there is no permanent classroom for them.

Adding to the woes, the premises get flooded with water during heavy showers, as such the school is often declared closed.

“We cannot read during the rainy season as we don’t have proper classroom. We cannot even study during summer due to the unbearable heat and there are no fans either. I request the State Government to construct a classroom for us so that we can study properly,” urged a student, Ajay Munda.

Another student Puspalata Mahanta said, “Every time it rains, my books get wet due to the leaking terrace of the classroom. If the government provides us a proper pucca classroom we can study.”

Moreover, as the Anganwadi Kendra is some three kilometers away from the village, communication to the centre is also difficult on a regular basis, alleged a few residents.

“The Anganwadi centre is 3 km away from the village. There is no proper mode of transportation and potholed and uneven roads make it even more difficult for children. They are being imparted education in a damaged thatched house in the village. The government should take immediate measures so that primary education is not hampered,” alleged Sabita Munda, a resident of Kalda village.

Meanwhile, Sub Collector of Kamakshyanagar, Bishnu Prasad Acharya informed, “The Child Development and Project officer (CDPO) will be directed to carry out an investigation and if the number of children in the Anganwadi Kendra meets the established criteria, construction of mini Anganwadi will be proposed there.”

He further stated that, if required, the Block Education Officer (BEO) would be asked to submit a report after field inspection following which money will be granted from panchayat fund for the repair of the classrooms and Anganwadi centre.