Journalists can no longer enter school premises without permission and ask questions to students. Such a directive has been issued to all the school headmasters by the Kankadahad Block Education Officer (BEO) in Dhenkanal district.
The move comes in the wake of the recent incident where a lot of students and other teachers fumbled when they were asked basic questions by some reporters.
In the letter to the headmasters of UP and primary schools, the BEO wrote, “It is a matter of great regret that some mediaperson entered the classroom and school premises without taking permission from the authority. The media person asking different question to students and teachers with view to humiliate them and some TV channel are airing those videos is not ethical and permissible.”
The BEO has instructed the school headmasters not to allow mediapersons unauthorised to school/classroom. “If without any permission such activity done by the cameraman, mediaperson, the school headmaster should report to police and lodge FIR against the media person immediately,” the BEO’s letter read.
Similarly, FIR will be lodged against the concerned school headmaster and teacher if there is any deviation in the directive, the letter added.