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Rashmi Rekha Das

Kalahandi district administration seems to have finally woken up from its deep slumber as it appointed new teachers at Behraguda Upper Primary School thanks to visually-impaired student Jashobant Chhatria. 

Concerned over the teachers’ crunch at his school, the Class 6 student of the government-run school criticized the officials including the Block Education Officer (BEO) and police officers. He questioned the administration’s lackadaisical attitude in recruiting teachers in the school saying, “Has the administration gone blind as well”.

Without delay, the administration appointed three teachers in the school and with the new recruitment, the total number of teachers is now 10, and they have already started teaching in the school.

Due to protests over the shortage of teachers, the school was earlier shut for a few days. Following the protests, the BEO visited the school, but little did he know that he will be confronted with some of the most unsparing darts by Jashobant. Not beating around the bush, Jashobant who could not see since birth, vented out his anger in some strongly worded questions.

Getting the authorities in front of him, he questioned, “I am blind. I can’t see what’s happening around me. But, is the BEO blind too... Have the DEO, Collector and officials of the district administration gone blind? Can’t they see that we do not have sufficient teachers at our school?”

The video of Jashobant asking BEO went viral and the boy got kudos from all and sundry.

“As per government guidelines, there should be a teacher for every 30 students. But the situation in our school is far from that,” he said.

When the officials sitting in front of him assured to appoint more teachers as soon as possible, he again said, “You have been saying that for the last 15 days, but nobody has been appointed so far.”

Pertinent to mention here that the School and Mass Education department rushed two new teachers to that school on Monday after Jashobant gave the officials the ‘blind’ jab.

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