Bhubaneswar, November 21 (LocalWire): While the government is working towards improving education in the state, around six per cent gram panchayats (GPs) in Odisha still do not have a high school.
According to the government’s admission in the Assembly, 370 of the 6,234 GPs in the state are bereft of high school facilities, though these panchayats do have a primary- and upper-primary-level schools.
Sharing the details in the Assembly on Wednesday, School and Mass Education minister Samir Ranjan Dash said that the government has decided to upgrade 136 upper primary schools located in these GPs into high schools to provide classroom teaching to class nine and 10 students.
The state has 7,004 high schools as recognised by the state Board of Secondary Education.
While Mayurbhanj has the highest number of 502 high schools, Malkagiri has the lowest number of 51 such educational institutions.