Lone teacher struggles with 75 students


Dhamnagar, Jan 14: At a time when Clacs X students across the state have braced themselves up for the annual High School Certificate (HSC) examinations, 75 students of a High School are a worried lot. The school has only one teacher and he is a Hindi teacher The school in question is Jagannath High School under Dehudi Anandapur panchayat of Dhamnagar block in Bhadrak district. Earlier,

 the school used to have two teachers- an English teacher and a Hindi teacher. After promotion, the English teacher was transferred elsewhere. And since then the Hindi teacher is managing the show. The students and parents feel they are at sea as the school does not have teachers for important sub-jects like Mathematics, Science and English. 

Parents who are worried over the future of their children won-dered how a single teacher will pre-pare the students for the examina-tions particularly when the teaching was badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. They further alleged that they had taken the matter up with the education department sev-eral times but to no avail

Earlier the school had teachers and a reputation so parents of Anandapur panchayat and the nearby Khadipada panchayat and of villages like Sathagaon, Biroli, dandakula and Tikhilia under Bhandaripokhari block had en-rolled their children at this school. But the current predicament of the school has left them dejected. 

When contacted, block education of (BEO) Pitambar Batik said efforts were on to send teachers to the school in one or two days. Notably, some teachers of the nodal school in the locality have come to the students’ rescue and have been teaching them for five days now to support the efforts of the only teacher. 

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