The Orissa High Court on Tuesday quashed a notification from the School and Mass Education Department. In this notification, about 8,000 Elementary and Primary schools were asked to merge some nearby schools with good strength and infrastructures due to low number of students.
Directs the state government to restore the merged schools
Hearing about 170 writ petitions containing similar prayers, & nbsp; Justice Dr. BR Sarangi canceled the notification of March 11, 2020 and subsequent office memorandum and corrigendum of the department and directed the state government to first Like, restore the status of merged schools and provide the necessary infrastructure to run the said schools smoothly.
Started merging 7772 schools went
The department started merging at least 7772 schools, of which 1724 schools had less than 25 students and 6048 schools had less than 20 students. However, the opposition political parties had alleged that the state government’s plan to close more than 14,000 schools on the plea of poor enrollment and merge some of these schools with some nearby schools.
Let us know that the Minister of School and Mass Education, Sameer Ranjan Dash, informed the state assembly last year that a lump sum financial assistance of Rs 3,000 and another Rs 600 per month escort under the Right to Education Act to every student affected by the merger of schools. Allowances will be provided as per the provision.
The parents challenged the order of the state government in the Orissa High Court
Significantly, the government wanted to merge the schools, but strong protests from members of the Parents Association as well as opposition political parties claimed that the closure and merger of schools would cause great inconvenience to the students as they were pushed to the new schools. To reach it, we have to travel long distances. After this, many parents approached the Orissa High Court challenging the order of the state government.