This school in Odisha operates from the only auxiliary nurse midwifery center – The New Indian Express

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JAGATSINGHPUR: Students at Patitapaban Government Secondary School in Gobardhanpur have been attending an Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery (ANM) center for eight months as the facility building is in a dilapidated state. Believe it or not, it’s true.

If that’s not weird enough, the district administration had declared the school building unsafe more than a decade ago, but classes were still held there until recently. Gobardhanpur, where the school is located, falls under the Kathakota panchayat of the Kujang block.

The institution along with Gobardhanpur Dadhibaman Higher Primary School had been operating from one campus since 1984, but were later separated after a new building was constructed in 1990. However, the super cyclone of 1999 dealt a blow to the body and the school building was damaged. With help from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, a new building and cyclone shelter were constructed.

Meanwhile, Class VIII to X student enrollment has increased from 150 to 180, but the buildings have fallen into disrepair over the years due to lack of maintenance and official neglect, which has declared them unfit for use in 2012.

Despite frequent requests from villagers, guardians and even local elected officials, no action was reportedly taken to repair the school building. As student numbers dwindled, the school board management resorted last year to classes for class VIII at the sole ANM center in Gobardhanpur. . The other two classrooms – IX and X as well as the common room and the staff office continue to operate from the damaged school building. This has had an impact on the delivery of education and health services in the region.

“Education and health services are affected due to this situation,” former Kathakota panchayat sarpanch Mihir Ranjan Pattnaik said. .

Contacted, Prasant Kumar Jena High School Principal confirmed that Class VIII students are educated at the local ANM center while other classes operate from the old building. Previously, the school had more than 150 students, but now the enrollment is only 44 due to poor infrastructure, he added.

JAGATSINGHPUR: Students from the government-run Patitapaban High School in Gobardhanpur have been attending an Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery (ANM) center for eight months, as the school building is in a dilapidated state. Believe it or not, it’s true. If that’s not weird enough, the district administration had declared the school building unsafe more than a decade ago, but classes were still held there until recently. Gobardhanpur, where the school is located, falls under the Kathakota panchayat of the Kujang block. The institution along with Gobardhanpur Dadhibaman Higher Primary School had been operating from one campus since 1984, but were later separated after a new building was constructed in 1990. However, the super cyclone of 1999 dealt a blow to the body and the school building was damaged. With help from the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund, a new building and cyclone shelter were constructed. Meanwhile, student enrollment in Class VIII to X has fallen from 150 to 180, but the buildings have fallen into disrepair over the years due to lack of maintenance and official neglect which has stated unfit for use in 2012. Despite frequent requests from villagers, caretakers and even local elected representatives, no action was reportedly taken to repair the school building. As the number of students dwindled, the school committee leadership resorted last year to conducting classes for class VIII at the sole ANM center in Gobardhanpur. The other two classrooms – IX and X as well as the common room and the staff office continue to operate from the damaged school building. This has had an impact on the delivery of education and health services in the region. “Education and health services are affected due to this situation,” former Kathakota panchayat sarpanch Mihir Ranjan Pattnaik said. . Contacted, Prasant Kumar Jena High School Principal confirmed that Class VIII students are educated at the local ANM center while other classes operate from the old building. Previously, the school had more than 150 students, but now the enrollment is only 44 due to poor infrastructure, he added.