Kendrapara, Nov 17 (LocalWire): Students of a government-managed primary school at a village in Odisha’s Kendrapara district are studying under trees since the past six months after the school building was declared unsafe.
The 84-year-old school is located at Ratadiakhandasahi village under Derabishi in Kendrapara.
Locals said all pleas by the villagers to the district education officer and the district administration to repair the Primary School building, have turned a deaf ear, forcing students to pursue their education under the sun since May.
The three-roomed school building was built in 1934. Due to its dilapidated condition, six months back, the authorities declared the school building as unsafe.
“The building could collapse any time. There were wide cracks with water seeping on every wall. We had no option but to shift the classes in the open,” said headmaster Subashis Prasad Jena.
There are about 59 students studying from class one to five in the school.
“I have written to the Block Education Officer (BEO) and District Education Officer (DEO) many times and urged them to repair the school building. Recently the BEO informed me that the authorities will soon build a new building,” he said.
When contacted, Derabishi BEO Akshya Swain told LocalWire: “The authorities recently allotted money under Sarva Sikhya Abhijan to construct the school building. We have already selected a land in village to build the school building at the cost of Rs. 7 lakh within this year.”