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Oppn disputes figures of model schools in Odisha

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 17:

The Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Odisha Assembly Narasingha Mishra today questioned the figures of models schools in the state.

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During the Question Hour, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra alleged that there is incoherence between the reply by concerned minister in the floor of the House and Governor during his address on the day of commencement of Budget session of the Assembly on the number of model schools in the state.

“In his reply to a question, the minister has said that construction of 74 out of 100 schools have been completed by the end of this February. The Governor, in his address, has said in 45 para that his government has constructed 314 model schools to provide quality English education in every block to the rural students. So, whether the minister is correct or the Governor,” Narasingha Mishra questioned.

“In the first phase, 100 model schools will be functional in the current year. We have initiated process of teacher recruitment, preparation of brief course for students and acclimatizing the students to appear in the exams. Post these 100 schools are made functional, other schools will be made operational in remaining blocks. Officials have been asked to facilitate land acquisition,” School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said in Assembly.

In a reply, School and Mass Education Minister Debi Prasad Mishra told the House that 314 model schools will be constructed in each block in the state. In the first phase, construction of 75 out of 100 schools has already been completed.

However, Governor SC Jamir had told the House during his inaugural address on Tuesday that the government has constructed 314 model schools in the state.

After Mishra drew the attention of the House on this, Oppostion Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators created a furore in the Assembly.

Later, a ruling party member Vedprakash Agarwal opined that it could be a printing error.