School Children Deprived of Rights

Published: 27th April 2016 05:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 27th April 2016 05:00 AM   |  A+A-

BALASORE: The students of a primary school in Bhadrak district continue to suffer. Despite a directive from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), the administration has failed to complete the construction of school building in time.

In February 2015, the rights panel had directed the School and Mass Education department to ensure all basic amenities to the students of Bahadalpur Project Primary School in Adia panchayat of Bonth block. Even after a year, the Block Education Officer (BEO) has not initiated any action in this regard. In November, the BEO had directed the Head Master in-charge and the DPC of SSA to make an inquiry and submit a report on the issue.

Acting on a petition filed by rights activist Radhakanta Tripathy, the NHRC had asked the State authorities to act within eight weeks over the issue. More than 100 children are forced to study under open sky due to unavailability of school building.

Tripathy alleged that torture, harassment and denial of basic rights to schoolchildren amount to serious violation of human rights. Even after the directive of the NHRC, the students are deprived of their rights. This shows the casual approach of the Government in addressing the rights of schoolchildren, he added.

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