With leaking terrace & cracks in walls, Bolangir School cries for immediate attention

Bolangir: Even though Odisha government has rolled out various programmes like ‘Sabhiye Padhantu, Sabhiye Badhantu’ (Let’s all study, let’s all grow) to ensure primary education to children in Odisha, the scheme has apparently failed to achieve its goal across many schools in the State. The poor infrastructure of Dudumdarha Primary School under Nandupala panchayat in Khaprakhol tehsil of Bolangir district corroborates this fact to much extent.

With leaking terrace, falling chunks of plasters from the roofs and cracked walls of the school building, some children here are forced to study in the self help group (SHG) centre while a few others were seen studying under a temporary thatched roof erected beside the SHG building.

As per reports, children from Class I to IV are being given classes inside the centre and the Class V to VII students study outside the centre under the thatched roof.

“We are studying in the thatched house constructed beside the SHG centre. Earlier, we used to study under a plastic sheet (tarpaulin) in the school. The situation used to get worse with a little rain,” said Bharti Bindhani, a student of Dudumdarha Primary School.

“We had stopped sending our kids to the school. But with the help of the village committee, a temporary place was made beside the SHG room where the children are now studying,” stated Janak Bag, a parent.

On the other hand, sources claimed there is only one teacher for the 42 students of the school.

“After the school building got damaged, we started taking classes in the SHG and Anganwadi centres in the village,” informed the teacher of the primary school, Shobangini Pradhan.

Meanwhile, Khapkrakhol Block Development Officer (BEO) Sashti Jhankar informed that funds have already been sanctioned and the construction work will get completed within the next two months.

“The school building was in a dilapidated state. After getting the permission from the CDPO, we shifted the classes to the centres. Concerned senior officials had visited the school and sanctioned money for an additional building. They have also assured to complete the construction work within two months,” said Jhankar.