Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Fee fiasco: Parents turn teachers


Fee fiasco: Parents turn teachers



BHUBANESWAR: The road in front of DAV Public School, Pokhariput, here turned into classroom on Monday with parents playing teachers. The parents taught students for about three hours and said they would continue this till the school reopens.

With the fee hike deadlock continuing in DAV Schools of the state, education of 30,000 students got affected as the teachers' strike entered its fifth day on Monday. The striking teachers also organized a huge rally demanding arrest of parents, who allegedly misbehaved with a lady principal in Cuttack on January 22.

"We are sincerely urging the state government to intervene in the matter as soon as possible as things are worsening by the day. It is the students, who are affected by the tussle between teachers and parents, while exams are only a few days away," said Bhikari Mohanty , general secretary of Parents' Association of DAV Public School, Pokhariput.

The All Odisha Parents' Coordination Committee has also written a letter to chief minister Naveen Patnaik to take immediate steps for ensuring study of the students by opening the schools and if necessary by taking over the management of the schools as an interim measure.

"This is a blatant violation of the Right to Education Act and due to the highhandedness of the school management the innocent children are suffering. So we urge the government to take immediate steps to break the deadlock till Supreme Court gives its verdict," said Aptakam Mishra, president of the committee. Parents also took out a rally in Cuttack on Monday. School and mass education minister Rabi Narayan Nanda said: "Very shortly we are planning to come out with a legal framework to deal with such problems in the state."

Teachers reiterated their demand to arrest parents , who misbehaved with the lady principal in Cuttack. "Unless the government ensures our safety and arrests the persons, who assaulted the lady principal, we are not going to join classes," said Bhagyabati Nayak, principal of DAV Public School, Unit-VIII.

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