Many schools in Kodagu will have to start from scratch

Children at a relief centre set up in Suntikoppa of Kodagu district.

Children at a relief centre set up in Suntikoppa of Kodagu district.   | Photo Credit: M.A. Sriram

Children who have abandoned their homes with their parents in flood-hit Kodagu do not know when their schools will reopen. In fact, the books they have left behind may be beyond salvaging and many of their schools need to be either repaired or rebuilt.

According to a conservative estimate, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will need at least ₹2.5 crore to repair and rebuild the schools. While some schools have been rendered roofless, others have collapsed.

The department has identified nine government primary schools, which have 580 students, that need to be reconstructed. The department has said that 36 classrooms need to be built from scratch. Besides, 76 government primary schools need minor repairs, said Walter D’Mello, in-charge Deputy Director of Public Instruction, Kodagu district.

Commissioner for Public Instruction P.C. Jaffer said directions were issued to education officers to ensure that the displaced children were enrolled in the nearest government school. He said the schools were also instructed not to insist on documents to enrol students.

Writing notes again

Since many of the students have lost their textbooks and notebooks in the floods, they will have to rewrite their notes from scratch.

Department officials are making arrangements to provide students with these books. “Several donors have come forward to give notebooks and we have written to the department to reprint textbooks and provide them at the earliest,” Mr. D’Mello said. He said the Deputy Commissioner would take a call on when schools would reopen.

In places where the schools are not in usable condition, Education Department officials are identifying places close by to hold classes temporarily.

Several schools have asked their students to contribute towards the flood relief work in Kodagu. While some schools are collecting donations, others are gathering groceries, clothes, and toiletries for distribution to people in need.

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