Odissa Government to close down 195 schools due to low attendanceSeptember 9, 2014
After the school and mass education department identified schools where the attendance has gone down to just six students, the Odisha government is moving to shut down 195 schools. School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said that the course of action will be decided only after replies to the show cause notices are received.
The step was taken after the school authorities started facing problems in implementing mid-day meal scheme, appointing teachers and others. Because of the poor turnout, at least 10 government primary schools of Sundargarh district would be shut. According to a government report of the last year, there are five students in Tunguripada Project Primary School against the teacher strength of two, as mentioned by a daily.
In Jharpadi Project Primary School, there are four students against one teacher, in Dhamakpur Project Upper Primary School there are four students and two teachers, in Kangabuha Project Primary School total five students are taught by one teacher and in Khatu Project Primary School student and teacher strength are four and one respectively.
AmulyaPradhan, the district project coordinator, SarvaSikshyaAbhijan said that a report is being prepared in response to OPEPA (Odisha Primary Education Programme Authority) and at least ten schools will be closed and that despite several attempts, the turnout in these schools has not improved and therefore the students and teachers of these school will be shifted to neighboring schools.