There are two such schools each in Aska and Chikiti blocks, one each in Ganjam, Rangeilunda, Purushottampur and Patrapur, officials said.

"The government has asked us to merge schools with low enrolment (less than five students) with the nearest ones after getting district committee's approval," said district project coordinator of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Sudam Mandal.

Teachers of these schools would be transferred to other schools, he said adding Anganwadi centers of the villages would be run in the closed school buildings.

Members of the committee emphasized on rationalization of student-teacher ratio in all schools, while transferring the teachers. The student-teacher ratio in the district is around 30:1. At Chikiti, it is 24:1 and Sheragada 36:1, sources said.

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