This school in Chhattisgarh has no blackboards

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Two years ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh interacting with school children, possibly giving them hopes of a better future. But despite the years, not much seems to have changed for them, at least not in their school.

Students and teachers at Pandewar school, about 400 km from the capital city of Raipur, yearn for basic facilities like a blackboard. But despite the difficulties, school staff is determined not to let its students suffer. So instead of blackboards, teachers here use chalk on a bamboo mat fixed as partition wall of the classroom.

The school administration has already communicated their requirement to the education department and is confident that their demand would soon be fulfilled.

“We will ensure the school has blackboards as soon as possible.There is a standing instruction from the collector to identify schools where the classes are held without a blackboard,” said Ahilya Thakur, Dantewada district education officer, in a report published in The New Indian Express.

Constructed at a cost of Rs 69 lakh under the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan, the school has 136 students (including 54 girls) and runs classes from class 6 to 10.

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