Schools in Ganjam district to open after October 29

Berhampur: Though schools across Odisha reopened today after puja vacation, the district authorities of worst cyclone hit Ganjam today decided to suspend classes till October 29, official sources said.
 
"We have decided to suspend classes for a week following the request made by the Collector of Ganjam district," said commissioner-cum-secretary, School and Mass Education department, Usha Padhee.
 
The electricity and drinking water facilities are yet to be resumed in the cyclone-hit Ganjam district, while debris are still in some of the school campuses.
 
"In view of the prevailing condition, we have deferred conduct of the classes though teachers will join schools from today," Padhee said adding that the teachers will monitor restoration work in their respective schools.
 
Above 300 of the 625 high schools and around 1300 out of 3000-odd upper primary schools in the district have been affected in the cyclonic storm which struck Ganjam coast on October 12 night, according to the preliminary report of the district administration.
 
"The number of schools affected in the district are likely to be more, which can be known only after the real assessment" District Education Officer (DEO) Santosh Kumar Patra said.
 
While the electricity and drinking water supply was disrupted, several school buildings have crumbled in the devastating cyclonic storm, sources said.
 
The exact loss incurred in the School and Mass Education department in the district due to the calamity are being assessed, sources said.