Jagatsinghpur, Nov 19 (LocalWire) Villagers are protesting merger of two schools at Naugoan block of Jagatsinghpur district.
As a result, though teachers have been transferred to the merged school, students have yet not been allowed to do so by the protesters.
Angry villagers have locked Dhuanpada Primary School for the decision of the school and mass education department for merging it with a nearby primary school having over 20 students.
Korua panchyat sarpanch Aranya Nayak said the department has merged Dhuanpada Primary School under Naugaon block with Korua UP School.
“The school, which has less than 20 students, can be merged with a nearby primary school. But it is illegal to merge Dhuanpada Primary School having 21 students with Korua UP School,” Nayak told LocalWire.
Vowing not to transfer their children to another school, villagers have called in private teachers to teach their children.
Two private teachers Mihina Nayak and Chittaranjan Swain said: “We are going to Dhuanpada Primary School for teaching 21 students daily. We have not received any remuneration yet, but teaching is a community service and we get pleasure by imparting education to the kids.”
Meanwhile, Block Education Officer Naugaon Ganeswer Sethi informed: “The department has received their allegations regarding merger of schools. During survey, the attendance of this school was very low, due to which the merger was done.”