KENDRAPARA: At a time when the State Government is coming up with different inducements to lure children to school, the students of a primary school feel discouraged to pursue study. With the only approach road to their school encroached by a villager and the authorities remaining complacent to the issue, the students are forced to bear daily ordeal of learning lessons squatting on a bare road.
The school in Kadalibadi village under Ostapur gram panchayat of Kendrapara district have 80 students in its roll. The students go walking to the school on a kucha road. Last Sunday, a villager fenced the road claiming that it trespassed his private land. It has led the school authorities to take classes on a pucca road.
“Since the villager fenced the sole approach road to the school, we are compelled to impart education on the road near the school,” said the Headmistress of Kadalibadi Project Primary School Lili Kumari Dei.
The students complained that they were unable to concentrate on their studies as flies, mosquitoes, bees and insects disturb them. Since the monsoon is active, their study is affected by rain. “The teachers and the students have to take shelter in a safe place in case of rain or heavy wind. If the rain continues, they have to suspend the classes for the day,” said Duryodhan Mallick, a villager.
Basudev Das, a retired Headmaster of Kendrapara said, “under the National School Sanitation Initiative, it is incumbent on the part of the schools to emphasise on personal hygiene, sanitation, clean toilets, safe drinking water and separate toilets for boys and girls. With the current situation of the school, it would be difficult to implement the initiative.”
Right to Education Act has a lot to offer regarding the conditions under which a student should be imparted education on school premises. But in this primary school, the right to a seat or a desk is under threat, said Das.
When contacted, District Project Coordinator (DPC) of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan Gayadhar Behera said he came to know about the situation on Saturday and has already discussed the matter with the Collector who has assured of building a road to the school soon.