Aug. 26: About 350 schools in the two flooded Midnapores have been closed for the past few days affecting over 60,000 students as marooned villagers along with their cattle have taken shelter in most of the institutions.
In 32 gram panchayat areas of East Midnapore, at least 150 schools had to be closed down since Friday as they were either inaccessible because of the floods or were being used by marooned villagers. In West Midnapore’s Ghatal, Chandrakona and Daspur blocks, around 200 schools are closed since Saturday.
The chairman of East Midnapore Primary School Council, Gopal Sahoo, issued an order today asking teachers of the closed schools to report to the sub-inspector of schools.
“About 150 schools are under water. In over 50 of them, marooned villagers have taken shelter along with their cattle. I will write to the education department to declare official holidays for these schools for at least 10 to 12 days,” Sahoo said.
Many teachers in East Midnapore expressed reservations about going to the sub-inspector of school’s office to register their attendance.
The district magistrate of East Midnapore, Antara Acharya, said she was “aware” of the problems the schools were facing and assured the local people to take up the matter with the government.
In the flood-affected blocks of West Midnapore, schools faced similar problems.
Gourishankar Giri, the headmaster of Satsang Sri Yukteswar Vidyapith in Ghatal town, said he had to close his school because of floods and villagers taking shelter in it.
The sub-divisional officer of Ghatal, Angshuman Adhikari, said several schools in the area had suffered twice in quick successions this month because of floods. “I believe teachers would take extra classes and compete the syllabus.”
Hundreds of villages have been flooded in the two Midnapores after the Kangsabati and several small rivers fed by it swelled with water released from a barrage.