Bhubaneswar: Unit-9 Government Girls’ High School, one of the best performing state-run schools in Bhubaneswar, will no longer exist in coming days.
The school, which has been offering school education to girls in past over five decades in the capital city, will be merged with Unit-9 Boys’ High School, as its land will be allotted to Rama Devi Women’s University.
In this regard, an official notification was issued by the School & Mass Education Department of Odisha Government on February 16 this year, following which strong resentment was expressed by parents of hundreds of students, who are enrolled in the school.
According to reports, Government Girls’ High School, Unit-9, was established in 1967. More than 400 students from the areas including Barang, Hanspal, Chandrasekharpur, Saileshree Vihar, Patia, Damana, Palasuni, Rasulgarh, GGP Colony, Unit-8, Satyanagar and Tankapani Road are currently studying at the school located near Rama Devi Women’s University in Bhubaneswar. The school has been setting an example for other schools under BMC jurisdiction with above 90% pass percentage in HSC Examination every year.
Under the green cover, the school has NCC, Red Cross, Eco Club, Literacy Club and band team along with imparting high-quality teaching. The students of the school are achieving success in block, district, state and national level events. Especially, the slum dwellers and parents belonging to below poverty line enroll their daughters here at the school for quality education. However, the 56-year-old school is all set to close forever, and its existence will be merged with other school losing its long history and glory, sources said.
The school with total 23 employees has already been upgraded as Smart School for adopting IT skills and cleanliness. Most importantly, it is now part of first phase 5T transformation process for its pride and success rate.
However, the merger process of the school has disappointed many parents.
Opposing the merger of the school with another school, the parents had approached the School & Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash, who directed the education director to review the merger decision in view of the interest of around 400 students.
The parents alleged that ‘conspiracy’ is being made to wipe out existence of the school on the pretext of allotting the school land to Rama Devi Women’s University. They threatened massive protest against the Government’s decision for closure of the school in upcoming days.