Jagatsinghpur, June 24 (LocalWire): Teachers and guardians are irked with the district administration for not restoring over 600 schools of different blocks of Jagatsinghpur district even after a two-month summer break.
Sources said 555 elementary schools and 58 government-aided schools were fully damaged due to Cyclone Fani.
Although the classrooms are not conducive to teaching, teachers are still trying their best to take classes.
Out of the eight blocks, Raghunathpur and Biridi were the worst hit during the cyclone.
All schools in these two blocks were fully damaged.
The classrooms are without windows or roofs and some are in ruins.
Teachers are, therefore, asking children from class 1 to V of different primary schools to sit in one room but their studies are being hampered.
In many schools, classes are being dismissed around 1pm because of shortage of classrooms.
Jasbonat Vidyapeeth in Adhanghgarh panchyat of Biridi block, where more than 300 students study, is in shambles but nothing has yet been done to repair the buildings.
Sarpanch of Adhanghgarh panchyat, Ashok Kumar Jena, said, ‘There are two high schools, one primary school at Adhanghgarh, Basantpur, Nailo and Ambush Shai villages of this panchyat. Even after two months of the cyclone lashing the villages, no steps have been taken to repair the school buildings although funds have been allocated.’
In Puran panchyat under Biridi block, repairing of Puran High School, Puran Upper Primary School and four other primary school buildings have not yet started so students are studying in one class room.
District Project Coordinator, SSA, Sapani Kumar Jena confessed ‘except two to three school buildings, restoration work has not yet started. The district administration has asked the rural department and works department to restore the school buildings.’
Executive engineer RD department, Manoranjan Patnaik, said, ‘We have undertaken the restoration of 27 school buildings.’