Malkangiri, July 14 (LocalWire): Tribal children in a far-flung village of Malkangiri district staged a novel protest to bring to the notice of the administration the deplorable condition of the road that leads to their school Makadapadar Upper Primary School.
The children wearing school uniforms planted paddy saplings on the muddy water-logged road as it resembles more of a field than a road.
The lone educational institution with 150 students have children attending it from Kandhakuda, Dhaudakuta and Baghakhadra village who have to walk the road resembling mini pools during the monsoon.
It remains to be seen whether the authorities wake up to take note of the children’s unique way of showing grievance.
The state government has undertaken a series of measures to improve the quality of education in primary and high schools. Recently, it decided to pay conveyance allowance to students in a bid to improve the attendance ratio in government-run schools across the state.
Despite policy measures, its implementation leaves much to be desired.
‘The Makadapadar school is a classic case of gap between policy and its practice.
The village road needs to be laid for the children’s sake or else they will lose interest in attending classes,’ said a retired headmaster of a government-run high school, Rabi Narayan Mohanty.