Kendrapara, Oct 16 (LocalWire): Students of a 60-year-old government primary school at Bramahanikolha village in Kendrapara district are forced to study under the shade of a tree since the last two days due to the dilapidated condition of the school building.
Locals complained that despite pleading several times to the district education officer and the district administration to repair the building, there has been no action.
The students have been forced to study outside braving the weather since Monday after a concrete slab fell. No one was hurt as the students were taking their mid-day meal then.
The four-roomed building is not safe for use and it can collapse any time. The walls have developed wide cracks and the walls are soaked in water that has seeped through during the rains.
I wrote to the block education officer and the district education officer many times and urged them to repair the school building. I was recently assured by the BEO that the authorities will soon build a new building for the school,’ said Udayanath Ojha, the headmaster of the school.
‘The government is propagating education for all by spending crores of rupees but primary education takes a back seat in this village thanks to the slipshod attitude of the authorities,’ complained Akshya Khatua, a villager.
Rajesh Swain, the block education officer of Rajnagar said, ‘Around 57 students studying from class I to V are studying in the open.
The authorities recently allotted Rs four lakh in the first phase under Sarva Sikhya Abhijan to construct a school building. Construction will begin soon. Till then we are planning to shift the students to a nearby Anganwadi centre.’