Majority of government primary schools across Odisha are functioning without electricity, Odisha Legislative Assembly was informed on Thursday.
In response to a query, School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said of 34,238 government primary schools, 30,427 schools do not have power connections in the State.
Primary schools without electricity constitute 88.86 per cent of the total schools. Only 3811 schools have power connections.
Similar situation is prevailing in government upper primary schools in the State. Of 17726 upper primary schools, 11,241 (63.41 per cent) schools are operating without electricity.
Government secondary schools are little better than those of primary and upper primary classes. Of 5,184 secondary schools, 1,011 schools are yet to be electrified.
The Minister said the government had not come across incident of disconnection of power from school due to non-payment of bill. The power bills are paid from School Improvement Grant.
"We are experiencing extreme weather events during past few years. During summer season, it becomes difficult to sit for hours without electric fans. Students aged below nine generally go to primary schools. Imagine their condition during summer season," said Pradip Samal, a parent.