HC Blow To Odisha Government Over School Merger Move Today News| may 4|

HC Blow To Odisha Government Over School Merger Move Today News| may 4|

Cuttack: The Orissa High Court on Tuesday quashed the State government notification to merge schools having less than 20 students with nearby schools, irrespective of distances.

The Court had earlier stayed the government decision to close over 11,000 schools having less than 20 students.

The Orissa High Court today issued an interim stay on the decision of the State government to close down 11,560 primary schools having less than 20 students and directed the government to take a decision in this regard within 15 days.

The directive had come in response to a PIL filed by the Odisha Abhibhabak Mahasangha against the government order for closure of the schools and their merger with the nearby primary schools.

In March 2020, the School and Mass Education Department had issued a notification stating that schools having enrollment of 20 or less would be consolidated with nearby schools in Scheduled, KBK and other areas.

Expressing serious concern over the low enrollment, the School and Mass Education department had earlier identified around 14,000 schools with 20 or less students and initiated process to merge with nearby schools in the State.

It had initiated process for closure of around 7,700 elementary and secondary schools in the first phase of which around, 900 schools have already been shut.

The government’s move had drawn flack from several quarters including guardians and parents’ bodies who had claimed that the decision would cause serious inconvenience for the students in communicating to the schools regularly.

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Today odisha News | April 24 |Covid Norms Thrown To Wind: Matric Students Seen Appearing Test At Mayurbhanj School!

Baripada: Despite Odisha government announcing cancellation of annual Matric board examinations and shutting down classroom teaching due to the prevailing second wave of Covid pandemic situation, some students were seen sitting in the examination at a school in Mayurbhanj district on Saturday.

Govt Norms Thrown To Wind: Matric Students Seen Appearing Test At Mayurbhanj School!

According to reports, the headmaster of Sri Chaitanyadev government high school at Paika Sahi under Rasgovindpur block in the district called all the standard 10 students to the class and conducted some practice tests, which were supposed to be completed in January.

Students appeared the test for different papers including mathematics, science, English, reports said

According to sources, the District Education Officer (DEO) had recently issued a notification to the headmaster of all high schools in the district to submit detailed reports of the practice tests of the class-10 students by Monday.

All the schools had already finished the practice tests in January-February while the Sri Chaitanyadev School had reportedly not completed the task. The district authorities’ order is said to have forced the headmaster to conduct the tests in a hasty manner.

Meanwhile, the headmaster too has admitted his mistake even as the district authorities has declined to comment on the matter.

Odisha government had on Wednesday announced cancellation of the annual Class 10 board exam due to rising covid-19 cases in the State. The results will be published based on an objective criterion to be developed by the Board of Secondary Education.

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