Jagatsinghpur, Oct 11 (LocalWire): Hundreds of irate guardians demonstrated and blocked the Cuttack-Paradip state highway at Barti under Raghunathpur police station today for three hours, demanding facilities for SC and ST students.
Under Right to Education Act 2009, all privately-managed schools are supposed to reserve 25% of their seats for children from weaker section and disadvantaged groups.
It is also mandatory for them to provide free and compulsory education for children aged six to 14 years.
The Ideal Public School of Patenigaon under Raghunathpur block had obtained certificate of recognition in 2011 after the management had sent the names of SC, ST and weaker section students to get benefit from the government.
Chairman of the school management committee, Rupendra Mishra, said that 16 students from the SC, ST and weaker sections are eligible to get Rs 9,600 in the year 2014-2015 and five students in 2015-2016 but not a single student received benefits from the department.
In 2016-2017 Rs 34,000 was sanctioned in favour of four students. But the school and mass education department has not yet given COR for the year of 2017-2018 even after the school fulfilled all the requisites.
Protesting it, guardians led by Mishra squatted in front of the school and blocked the state highway paralyzing traffic as they demanded benefits for the SC, ST and weaker section students.
Later, they called off the stir after Raghunathpur police accompanied with district education Officer, Prativa Manjari Das, intervened and gave assurance to resolve the issue within one month.