Staff Reporter

Stage novel protest at school

BERHAMPUR: Inhabitants of five panchayats of Rangeilunda block in Ganjam district locked up the Kewra samiti government high school near Indrakshi protesting against the vacancy of teachers at the school on Saturday. The 30-year-old school is the only high school in the area. It was established with the donations of families involved in Kewra flower trading and its processing. Eight years ago it was taken over by the State government.

At present the school has 565 students. A few months ago, the school had 12 teachers. But before the summer vacation, eight teachers working at the school were transferred. Although the school has resumed its classes after vacation, no new teacher has been posted to fill the vacancies, alleges Natabar Sahu, president of the managing committee of the school.

Assurance given

Parents of students from Indrakshi, Keluapalli, Sasanpadar, Eksingi and Padmapur reached the school on Saturday morning and locked up its gates demanding immediate appointment of teachers. The agitators opened the gates only after they got promise from the district administration that the problem would be solved soon. Mr. Sahu said the district Collector also agreed to hold talks with representatives from the panchayats depending on the school on Monday.