Kendrapada, Jan 27 (LocalWire) The children of a government-run primary school at Pandiri village in Kendrapara district have been found studying in a village temple for the past two years as the 55-year-old school building lies in ruins.
The locals said that despite many pleas to the authorities regarding the construction of a new school building, there has been no action, forcing the students to study in the Ma Ghumafatei temple in the village.
The students have to sit down on the floor while studying. Many students complained of being unable to understand and concentrate on their studies as the classrooms were noisy due to the combining of classes in the temple.
Due to the shortage of rooms, we teach all these students of class 1st to 5th in one room of the temple, school headmistress Manjula Nayak said.
No entry during the mourning period
The students and teachers are banned from entering the temple during the mourning period.
Recently, Pujarini Biswal (9), a student of the third grade was debarred from entering the classroom in the temple for 12 days as her grandfather had died.
“There is a 12-day period after the death, during which the family is considered to be spiritually impure” and he cannot allow them inside the premises of the temple, Prafulla Dash, the priest of the temple In his defence said.
Bhagirathi Nanda, the Block Education Officer (BEO) of Kendrapara block informed us how the authorities granted Rs 9.22 Lakh in 2017 to the school authorities to build a building for the school, but the work has been slow ever since.
Every year, the government spends crores of rupees in the name of the Right to Education. Yet, illiteracy lingers at the heart of India and the ground reality remains unchanged.
Amarbara Biswal, a social worker of Kendrapara, observes how the primary education takes a back seat in this village, thanks to the negligence on the part of the authorities.
Editing by Meenal Singh