RAYAGADA: More than 70 residents of Jagdalpur Upgraded Primary School and Dangasorada Ashram School of Chandrapur block left their hostels on Wednesday protesting the absence of a teacher and poor quality of food.
They demanded transfer of the cook for providing substandard food taking advantage of the absence of a teacher and headmaster. They have threatened not to return to school till the authorities give a written assurance to fulfil their demands. Sources said 38 students of Dangasorada Ashram School of Chandrapur block left their hostel protesting frequent absence of teachers.
Welfare Officer of Chandrapur block Talwar Jena visited the school in the evening and submitted a report to DWO Debendra Prusty after an inquiry.
Similarly, 32 students of Jagdalpur Upgraded Primary School of Muniguda block too deserted their hostel alleging substandard food. A student Sukanta Dibaka said they decided to leave the hostel after their demands fell on deaf ears.
Block Welfare Officer of Muniguda block Subhadra Mundika said efforts are on to persuade the students to return to the hostels soon.
Student Delivers Child in Hostel, Headmistress Suspended
Phulbani: The headmistress of Lingagada High School under G Udaygiri police limits was suspended and two other contractual teachers were disengaged from duty after a Class X student delivered a child in her hostel. An auxiliary nurse and midwife were also disengaged for negligence of duty. Sources said the girl gave birth to the child on January 23 in the hostel before she could be shifted to a hospital. The hostel superintendent and headmistress Ashalata Pati remained silent on the pregnancy and delivery.
District Collector N Thirumala Naik and District Welfare Officer Paramananda Prusty visited the school, run by ST/SC Development Department, and conducted an inquiry. They disengaged two contractual teachers of Hindi and Sanskrit languages immediately as they were in charge of the hostel. Cases have been filed against the headmistress, teachers and ANM at G Udaygiri police station.