Tribal students face problems due to lack of amenities

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 Nov 2017 10:23:42


Our Correspondent,


No hostel superintendent

Only two rooms for 50 students

No toilet facility

Hostel building in dilapidated condition

Tribal students staying at Kokawada pre-metric 50-bedded boys’ hostel are facing several problems due to acute
shortage of accommodation and other facilities. Despite being aware of the problem, Tribal Welfare Department has not taken any initiative to end the woes of students.
According to information, for a long time the pre-metric hostel has been facing lack of infrastructural facilities, affecting studies of students.

Besides this, there is no hostel superintendent to take care of these children. Earlier, Sonu Markam was appointed as
hostel superintendent, but soon he was promoted as lecturer in Kumakoleng Government Higher Secondary School. Many times students demanded new hostel superintendent, but no one listened to them. This has generated disinterest among the students owing to which many of them have left the hostel.

While sharing their problem, students informed that there are only two rooms for 50 students. There is no toilet facility and students are forced either to use toilet of the middle school located near their hostel, or defecate in the open as they are left with no other option.

Kokawada Higher Secondary School Principal Mangluram informed that pre-metric hostel was the constructed in 1972. Today 45 years have passed and the hostel building is lying in dilapidated condition. The walls may collapse at any moment. In order to avoid untoward incidents, few years back students have shifted to middle school and since 2009, after the hostel is being operated from this middle school building.

“Several times, we have demanded new hostel building and toilet for the hostel students, but to no avail,” said Principal Mangluram. When contacted, Sukma Tribal Welfare Department Assistant Commissioner P L Ramteke assured that soon a hostel superintendent would be appointed and toilet to be constructed for hostel students.