School runs in wood fence room in Odisha’s Daringbadi
KalingaTV News Network
Daringbadi: While the State and Union Government are sanctioning crores of rupees for the construction of educational infrastructure to provide better education to the children in the state, the allotted money is either siphoned by some government official or not properly implemented following which the students even at the primary level, do not get a proper school building in various parts of Odisha. The Primary school at Baligeda village under Budaguda Gram Panchayat in Daringbadi block, Kandhamal district is a fine example of such sheer negligence.
According to reports, a school building in bad condition in the village had collapsed four years ago following which the school committee along with the villagers approached the concerned officials and apprised them about the condition of the school. However as no action was taken, they erected a wood fence room to provide education to the children.
“We do not have a school building for the last four years. Therefore, students of five classes are studying in a wood fence room. Had the government provided us a school building we would have studied properly without any problem,” said a class IV student of the school with a condition of anonymity.
The villagers claimed that around 40 students from class one to class five are studying in the school. But, the classes get suspended during summer and rainy season. Besides, the Mid-Day-Meal is also being cooked in an open and unhygienic space.
As there is no permanent building, one of the two teachers is keeping the Mid-Day-Meal materials in his house, another student said.
Rs 3 lakh was sanctioned to construct toilets in the school, however the villagers have alleged that the construction of toilets was not completed in the scheduled time as the sanctioned money was siphoned by some government officials.
When contacted, Daringbadi Block Development Officer (BDO), said that the District Primary Education Programme (DPEP) officials have been looking into the matter.