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Parents Stage Dharna Before residence of Odisha School and Mass Education Minister

Bhubaneswar13/12/20:: Several parents of students studying in private schools today staged a dharna before the residence of Odisha School and Mass Education Minister Samir Ranjan Dash here alleging that they are being pressurized by the school authorities for payment of fees despite the closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Holding placards, the parents resorted to a sit-in opposing the act of the school authorities and demanding the intervention of the minister in the matter.

Students are not being allowed to attend online classes in the case of non-payment of fees, the parents alleged. They further said that the schools are charging transportation fees at a time when only online classes are underway.

On the other hand, the minister said the school fee matter is currently subjudice in the Orissa High Court and the parents should wait for the final decision of the court.

Multiple PILs were filed in the High Court seeking a waiver of school fees due to the pandemic. The State Government has told the court that it has no mechanism for fixation of fees for unaided private schools.

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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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