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OHRC seeks report from Odisha govt on children leaving school

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Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 24:

The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) has directed the SC/ST Development department of Odisha government to submit a report within four weeks on the non-implementation of free and compulsory education in the Ashram schools managed by the department.

Photo Courtesy: theguardian.com
Photo Courtesy: theguardian.com

Citing a number of incidents of SC/ST students leaving schools complaining about being served with poor quality food and being subjected to physical torture, human rights activist Biswapriya Kanungo had moved the OHRC urging it to take necessary action in this regard.

He had urged the commission to direct the government to conduct a comprehensive inquiry of the issue and ensure proper implementation of Right to Education Act in the tribal dominated districts.

It is to be noted that nearly 400 students, including boarders in an Ashram schools, had left for their homes after locking the school office and gate to register their protest against the alleged ‘misdeeds’ of a headmaster at Champi under Laxmipur block in Koraput district.

Similarly, about 60 students of an Ashram school were affected by food poisoning while one succumbed to it at a school in Ranpur last month.