Incomplete new building, school leaves slum – The New Indian Express

By Express press service

UMERKOTE: For the past seven years, Ghumardora Primary School in the Tentulikhunti block of Nabarangpur has operated from a makeshift slum as construction of the new building drags on. The school, which has 32 students. Amazingly, work on the new school building started seven years ago at a cost of Rs 14 lakh but has yet to be completed, requiring students to attend classes in the thatched-roof structure .

There are 21 boys and 11 girls enrolled in class I to V. In the absence of a building, they are obliged to take lessons in the hut which has a polythene roof. Braving harsh summers and brutal winters, the children regularly attend classes. But it is the rainy season that puts them in major inconvenience.

The villagers said that during the monsoon, water enters the slum and muddies the ground. As the only solution to the problem, the teachers spread a polythene sheet on the floor and take lessons. But it is useless in case of heavy rains. The school remains closed for several days during the rainy season.

In such a scenario, basic facilities are a distant dream. The school management committee brings water for cooking lunches and for drinking from a nearby village 600 meters from the school.

Blaming the district administration for the state of the school, the villagers of Ghumardora said the state government was spending millions of rupees on primary education. However, many children are unable to receive the benefits due to the apathy of local authorities. They asked the administration to complete the school building as soon as possible.

The junior engineer of the district primary education program, Hemant Basantia, said that out of the Rs 14 lakh sanctioned for the construction of the school building, Rs 12.85 was deposited in the joint bank account of the chairman of the management committee of the school and the principal. The building work will soon be completed.

Basantia further said that Rs 1.85 lakh was paid to the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department (RWSS) for the provision of drinking water facility in the school. However, RWSS junior engineer Dushmanth Barik refuted Basantia’s claim and said no allocation had yet been made for the department.

District Education Officer (DEO) Pradeep Nag said work on the school building had been halted for two years due to the Covid pandemic. Today, construction work has accelerated and the building will be ready for use within four weeks.

UMERKOTE: For the past seven years, Ghumardora Primary School in the Tentulikhunti block of Nabarangpur has operated from a makeshift slum as construction of the new building drags on. The school, which has 32 students. Amazingly, work on the new school building started seven years ago at a cost of Rs 14 lakh but has yet to be completed, requiring students to attend classes in the thatched-roof structure . There are 21 boys and 11 girls enrolled in class I to V. In the absence of a building, they are obliged to take lessons in the hut which has a polythene roof. Braving harsh summers and brutal winters, the children regularly attend classes. But it is the rainy season that puts them in major inconvenience. The villagers said that during the monsoon, water enters the slum and muddies the ground. As the only solution to the problem, the teachers spread a polythene sheet on the floor and take lessons. But it is useless in case of heavy rains. The school remains closed for several days during the rainy season. In such a scenario, basic facilities are a distant dream. The school management committee brings water for cooking lunches and for drinking from a nearby village 600 meters from the school. Blaming the district administration for the state of the school, the villagers of Ghumardora said the state government was spending millions of rupees on primary education. However, many children are unable to receive the benefits due to the apathy of local authorities. They asked the administration to complete the school building as soon as possible. The junior engineer of the district primary education program, Hemant Basantia, said that out of the Rs 14 lakh sanctioned for the construction of the school building, Rs 12.85 was deposited in the joint bank account of the chairman of the management committee of the school and the principal. The building work will soon be completed. Basantia further said that Rs 1.85 lakh was paid to the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Department (RWSS) for the provision of a drinking water facility in the school. However, RWSS junior engineer Dushmanth Barik refuted Basantia’s claim and said no allocation had yet been made for the department. District Education Officer (DEO) Pradeep Nag said work on the school building had been halted for two years due to the Covid pandemic. Today, construction work has accelerated and the building will be ready for use within four weeks.

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