BHAWANIPATNA: Students at Kachhardengen government primary school from Class I to V in Kalahandi district study in the school kitchen because the dilapidated classrooms were razed around eight months ago.
The school is located in a forested region of Madanpur Rampur block, 80 km from here, where students from nearby villages also come to study.
There is uncertainty over construction of new classrooms because officials have not yet taken any steps in this regard, said a teacher.
The school had two classrooms but they they were pulled down after the school management committee (SMC) observed at a meeting that students’ lives are at risk.
Apart from lack of classrooms, the midday meal (MDM) is also prepared in front of the school urinal. The SMC president, Rajkishore Bhoi, said the MDM is made under the open sky and officials never visited the school.
The headmaster, Kanhei Charan Sahoo, said all the 16 students are packed in the 100 sqft small kitchen room and it becomes difficult to take classes. He said the matter had been informed to the district officials, but in vain.
A guardian, Raghunath Rana, alleged that due to lack of classrooms, the students play and move outside the school. “The students are studying in such a condition and you can imagine the quality of education they are getting here,” said Rana.
District project coordinator (DPC) of Kalahandi Gabakhya Nayak said he has no knowledge about the school situation and steps will be taken after visiting the school.