Chhattisgarh: No blackboard, teachers write on bamboo mat raised as wall

The teachers at the Pandewar school, some 200 km from Raipur, are left with no choice but to use chalk on a bamboo mat fixed as a partition wall of the classroom.

Published: 18th July 2017 01:10 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th July 2017 07:32 AM   |  A+A-

A teacher uses a raised mat as a blackboard to teach his students at Pandewar school in Dantewada district. (EPS)

Express News Service

RAIPUR: Barely 20 km from the Education city in the conflict zone of Dantewada district, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with school children two years ago, students and teachers of a school yearn for basic facilities like a blackboard.

The teachers at Pandewar school, some 400 km from Raipur, are left with no choice but to use chalk on a bamboo mat fixed as partition wall of the classroom.

“Since blackboard makes the learning process more cooperative, we have resorted to using the bamboo mat as an alternative,” said a teacher.

Sources said, the ready-made school was constructed by an agency under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan at a cost of  Rs 69 lakh.


The school runs classes from standard VI to X and has 136 students including 54 girls.

School principal G R Nag said, we have already demanded the education department to provide us with blackboards.

The Dantewada district education officer Ahilya Thakur told the New Indian Express, “We will ensure the school has blackboards as soon as possible.There is a standing instruction from the collector to identify schools where the classes are held without a blackboard.”


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