Jagatsinghpur, June 23 (LocalWire): The Odisha Shiksha Sanjog Programme and other online methods of education have not only been affected due to non-accessibility of smart phones and internet connectivity, but also acute shortage of head masters, school teachers, Block Education Officers and other staff.
Primary education in rural areas of Jagatsinghpur district has been hit due to the negligence and callous attitude of officials as well as staff crunch.
Out of the 166 government run high schools in this district, the post of headmaster is vacant in as many as 132 of them.
Out of 93 government-aided high schools, only seven have a permanent headmaster. In all the other schools, assistant school teachers are working as temporary headmasters.
Posts of art teacher are lying vacant in 66 government high schools, while those of PCM (Physics, Chemistry, Maths) and CBZ (Chemistry, Botany, Zoology) teachers are lying vacant in 32 and 31 high schools respectively.
While 53 high schools don’t have Hindi teachers, 34 high schools are short of Sanskrit teachers and 53 schools are short of Physical Education teachers.
Besides this, out of eight Block Education Officers, the posts of six BEOs have been lying vacant in Jagatsinghpur, Biridi, Balikuda, Kujang, Erasama and Tirtol blocks.
After the retirement of Block Education Officer of Biridi, the headmaster of Tarikunda High School, Susant Kumar Mohanty has taken over as BEO there.
An assistant headmaster who is in charge of a High School as temporary headmaster has confessed, “We have been involved in official work including admission of students, payment of salary, accounts, Mid-Day Meal to students, COVID-19 work for which we do not get enough time to teach the students through online medium,” he added.
When contracted, District Education Officer Prativa Manjari Das informed, “Despite the shortage of teachers and BEOs, the department has been performed online education and other official work with the existing staff because there is no alternative,” she added.