DHUBRI, Aug 2 - The recent wave of flood will have heavy consequences in the educational scenario of the districts of Dhubri and South Salmara-Mankachar in the coming days, as 496 elementary schools and 96 high schools has been damaged.
According to reports from the District Elementary Education Office, damage has been caused in 496 elementary schools of the districts, out of which 17 schools are fully damaged, 375 partially damaged and 104 schools have been damaged due to temporary settlements in it as relief camps. Among these schools, one 1975 No Katlamari LP school, that has 167 students enrolled, has been fully washed away. It was also informed that there are almost 2,017 elementary schools in the districts, out of which floods have affected most of the schools.
However, it was also reported that to revive these schools into their normal condition, the State would immediately need Rs 742.32 lakh.
There are 162 high schools in Dhubri district and 30 high schools in South Salmara Mankachar District (SSM), out of which 66 schools in Dhubri district and all the 30 schools in the SSM have been damaged by the recent floods. Relief camps were established in 11 such schools. It has also been estimated by the office of District Inspector of Schools that as many as Rs 2.56 crore for Dhubri District and Rs 1.04 crore for SSM will be needed to restart those schools to the condition of imparting education.
Apart from these, more than 50 private schools in both the districts have also been damaged by the recent flood.
�We are trying our best to start the classes in as many schools we can. Cleaning in some of the colleges housing relief inmates is in progress and classes here will fully start on Saturday,� said S Yadav, Inspector of Schools, Dhubri.
However, speaking to this correspondent ADC Anup Brahma said, �we have already informed the State government about the damages. Action regarding revival of the schools will later be taken as per the instructions of the State.�