Classroom in shade of mango tree

Started in 2010, Purunapani Primary School has no building and even MDM is served under the tree.

Published: 25th November 2016 04:21 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th November 2016 04:21 AM   |  A+A-


A class in progress in the shade of tree in Purunapani on Thursday | Express

Express News Service

MALKANGIRI:Students of Purunapani Primary School listen to their only teacher attentively as the chilly breeze of a winter noon blows by. The shade of a mango tree serves as classroom as well as dining hall for the students of the school in Nuaguda panchayat of Korukonda block limits of Malkangiri district. This has been the fate of the school ever since it was set up, about six years back. The school is yet to get a building.

Making a mockery of the Government’s education for all, Sarva Siksha Abhiyan, only one Sikhya Sahayak teaches the 34 students of five classes in the school. While there are six students in Classes I and II, Class III has five students followed by nine in Class IV and eight students in Class V.
While students and the teacher have been weathering summer heat and winter chill, it is during the monsoon that they face trouble in managing the show. The tree also doubles as a dining room. Food under mid-day meal is served to the students under the tree and in absence of a kitchen the food is also cooked in the open.

Two other primary schools at Eargapu and Paliguda under the same panchayat function without school buildings and run under trees.
Purunapani village headman Budu Dalapati said, repeated pleas to the block authorities and district education officer to construct a school building have fallen on deaf ears. “Parents are not ready to send their children to the school. Students face hardships sitting on the ground and they are also at the mercy of nature,” he added.
Sub-Collector Birendra Karkara said, there are 72 primary schools across the district which do not have buildings. Recently, OPEPA sanctioned buildings for 22 schools and we have to check whether the three schools are in the list or not. Even if the three schools donot find a place in the list administration will make arrangements for construction of the buildings on priority basis, Karkara said.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp