Odisha: Ashram School Students Demand More Toilets, Teachers

Rayagada: Over 200 students of a government-run residential high school for scheduled tribe and scheduled caste children in Sadar block of Rayagada district on Tuesday visited the Collector’s office here to present their demands for toilets and filling up of vacancies of teachers at the school.

Since the Collector was not present in his office, District Welfare Officer (DWO) Nandalal Biswal along with Project Administrator (PA), Integrated Tribal Development Agency (ITDA) Tuku Barik met the students of Bilesu Ashram Vidyalaya and discussed their demands with them.

“We don’t have adequate toilets in our school. Small kids have no option than to urinate here and there leading to unhygienic condition in the school premises,” alleged Lingaraj Naik, a class IX student of Bilesu Ashram Vidyalaya, who had come to meet the Collector to air their grievances with regard to their school.

“Our school doesn’t have enough teachers. A few months back seven teachers were transferred from our school. Presently, there are only four teachers in our school,” he added.

“We want more toilets in our school. There is a shortage of teachers in our school. We want more teachers. Shortage of toilets in such a big school is a major problem,” alleged another student who had come to meet the Collector.

DWO Nandalal Biswal said that work was underway and the problems faced by the students will be resolved soon.

“Work for toilets and bathrooms by PA, ITDA are underway. So their demands for toilets and bathrooms will be fulfilled very soon. Since this school was upgraded to high school recently process for posting more teachers is underway. New teachers will be posted within 8-10 days. Nine new teachers will be posted in that school,” revealed Biswal.


Lingaraj Naik

DWO Nandalal Biswal


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