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Asserting their right for improved classroom teaching tiny tots rose in protest to stage dharna

Balasore:21/8/17: Asserting their right for improved classroom teaching, tiny tots today rose in protest to stage dharna in front of their school in a remote village in Odisha’s Balasore district.

With parents and guardians rallying behind their wards, protesting children skipped classes in a show of disapproval to the gross deficiencies in the required number of teachers of the Baharda nodal primary school under Remuna block of the district.

The Right to Education Act (RTE) mandates a pupil teacher ratio (PTR) of 30:1 in order to ensure that children learn better in the classroom. But the village school was dogged by vacant teachers’ post and was running without the PTR. To aggravate the situation further, the school headmaster was transferred recently, badly affecting classroom teaching. This has prompted the children to state the novel protest to assert their right under RTE, said a guardian.

The local schools and mass education department officials, despite repeated attempts, were not available for comments.

Scenario as far as PTA is concerned is exceeding bleak in Odisha. Of the 51,964 government-run primary schools in the state, nearly 18,000 schools are in operation without adhering to PTA norms. Despite recruitment of over 7,000 Sikshya Sahayaks or para-teacher earlier this year, things have improved to the desired level.


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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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