Bhubaneswar: The Odisha Government has urged its West Bengal counterpart for repairing of Gopabandhu High School located in Kolkata. Satyabrata Sahu, School & Mass Education Department Secretary, Odisha Government has written to Manish Jain, School Education Department Secretary, Government of West Bengal in this regard.
“As substantial Odia population live in Kolkata, a number of Odia educational institutions have come up with the support of your Government. The Odisha Government also provides Nationalised Text Books (NT Books) to the students basing on their requirement every year free of cost. One of the schools named after the great freedom fighter of Odisha, Pandit Gopabandhu Dash i.e. Gopabandhu High School, Bhawanipore got official recognition from your Government in the year 1981. It is reported in the electronic media that the physical condition of the building/ infrastructure is genuinely in a bad shape. The Kolkata police and local administration have declared the building as unsafe and accordingly ‘unsafe’ banner has been pasted on the wall of the school building,” wrote Sahu in the letter.
“It is learnt that the condition of the building started deteriorating after Cyclone AMPHAN and in the meantime it has further worsened. I would request you to look in to the matter personally and take immediate steps for renovation/ repair of the school so that 100 Odia Students studying there along with 9 teachers and other support staff feel safe,” Sahu urged.