Complementing State’s Primary Education: JK Paper provides a school building

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Report by Badal Tah; Rayagada: In the recently conducted HSC examination, the performance of Rayagada district is far from satisfaction as a result of which the district is reduced to 25th rank in the state of Odisha. It is presumed that this state of affairs is due to sheer negligence of the teaching staff. Some also attribute the cause to be infrastructure and staff deficit. The foundation of education is the primary education, which is not seriously taken by the system. At this juncture, to strengthen the Govt’s primary schooling, corporate like JK Paper Mills Ltd of Jaykay Pur have come forward for infrastructure development.

Recently, a New Project Upper Primary School building was constructed at Badachandili by JK Paper Mills and handed over to Education Department of Rayagada. The building was inaugurated by Sri P K Behera, Collector & District Magistrate, Raygada in presence of Smt Anasthesia Kerketa, DPC, Rayagada, Sri Rajendra Majhi, BDO, Rayagada, Sri P Ramulu, Chairman, Panchayat Samiti, Rayagada, Sri P Gouri Shankar, Zilla Parshad Member, Rayagada, Smt. Suai Pedenti, Sarpanch, Chandili GP. The School is provided with all kind of facilities like meeting Hall, Computer Room to facilitate smart class and a unique Hostel.

The dignitaries applauded the pro-people activities of JK Paper Mills towards the development of the peripheral villages .Mr P K Suri, Executive Vice President narrated about JKPM’s social responsibility & attention for the growth of education in the surrounding villages. He appealed the locals to come forward for the development of the new School.

The Collector Behera advised the students not only to perform well in education but also to be physically fit & healthy. He assured to help for betterment of the School as much as possible from his end.

“JK’s effort in making the primary education smart and qualitative is certainly appreciable. They also need to look into the staff deficit and chip in till the Govt fills up the gap. A few other initiatives like this should be taken up by JK to set a model before the slowly denigrating education in Rayagada. Other corporate must follow JK’s model and replicate this process in their periphery”, said Professor Rama Chandra Pattanaik, a well known educationist of the region.

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