Kids cross nullah on narrow pole to reach school

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Nabarangpur: Going to school has become a life-threatening task for the students of Bariguda Project High School in Papadahandi block who have to cross a nullah on a narrow pole to reach the institute.

According to reports, kids of Bhaktaguda village under Jatabai gram panchayat have to go to Bariguda project high school in the neighbouring village as their village does not have a school.

The students have to cover a four-km-long temporary approach road to reach the school.

However, the problem multiplies as they have to cross a nullah which falls on the temporary road, on a narrow electricity pole. The students also hesitate to go to the school as crossing the road is life risky.

“We have to walk on the cement electricity pole to cross the nullah and then reach the school,” said Anita Bindhani, Padma Bindhani and Tabha Majhi, students of the school.

“During rainy days, we don’t go to school as it is dangerous to cross the nullah,” they further added.

Apart from this, primary education in this district is in a dilapidated condition. Most of the schools in this district function in an acute shortage of teachers.

There are some schools in Nabarangpur where there are no proper classrooms for students. In the absence of adequate classrooms, students of several classes are forced to sit together in a single room.

Similarly, some schools allegedly do not provide the midday meal to the children.

Students here are also seen trekking hillocks to reach school, while some schools shut down in monsoon as the road connecting to the school merged in rainwater.

Due to those issues, students stop their studies midway and work as child labourer.

On the other hand, a district health department survey claims that as many as 395 villages did not have commutable roads in 2017-18, and the figure reduced to 289 in 2018-19 survey.

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