Saswat Singhdeo

Nabarangpur: The headmaster of Jhola Primary School under Umerkote Block in Nabarangpur district has drawn flak for allegedly offering quack treatment to patients during school hours.

The matter came to light after some villagers alleged that headmaster Pradeep Kumar Mandal sets off to nearby villages to offer quack treatment soon after registering his attendance at the school. The villagers said that despite lodging a complaint before the District Education Officer (DEO), no steps have been taken so far against Mandal.

Speaking on the issue, School Managing Committee president, Dinabandhu Bhatra said, "It is not good for a school headmaster to visit villages during school hours. He holds a responsible post and should act responsibly."

On the other hand, the headmaster admitted offering treatment to patients.

"It is true that I go to villages to cure patients, but I do that between 6 AM and 10 AM. Later in the day after the school hours, I also visit some villages," said Mandal.