Pradeep Pattanayak

Ruling BJD's Phulbani MLA, Angad Kanhar has recently been at the centre of discussions for donning the teacher’s hat but forgetting to meet the agitating teachers in Phiringia block. 

At a time when the primary teachers are staging protests in front of the offices of the block education officers (BEOs) across the state for fulfilment of their demands, the legislator paid a visit to Phiringia Higher Secondary School, and spent some time with the students on Wednesday. 

As part of the state-wide agitation, the primary teachers of Phiringia block are also staging a sit-in in front of the office of the Phiringia block education officer. It was around 3 pm on Wednesday, taking all by surprise, Phulbani legislator Kanhar reached Phiringia Higher Secondary School. 

He not only went around the school but also visited some classes and spent time with the students. Besides telling some interesting facts to them, he also tested the students’ knowledge on mathematics. 

Before leaving the institution, he interacted with the teachers present in the school to understand the problems, if any.  

However, the lawmaker didn’t meet the teachers agitating in front of the BEO office. 

It is worth mentioning that the Odisha government has sent a warning to the protesting primary teachers across the State who have been protesting. 

In a letter written to all the DEOs and BEOs of the State, the Director of Elementary Education mentioned that most of the teachers have not taken any permission from their competent authorities and participated in the strike which is gross misconduct. The director also stated that there shall be 220 working days in an Academic year and if the same will not be achieved during the normal working months, then it has to be compensated in the later part.

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