Saswat Singhdeo

Bhawanipatna: Protesting acute shortage of staff, students and parents locked up the Paria High School under Bhawanipatna Sadar block of Kalahandi district.

As per reports, there are only four teachers for 266 students from Class 1 to 10th. Due to shortage of staff, teaching has been hampered in the school following which parents and guardians staged protest and locked up the school demanding recruitment of more teachers.

"There are only 4 teachers for 266 students. This is hampering education and our children have to face the consequences," said a parent.

Sources said that due to the ongoing protest, even Independence Day could not be celebrated in the school premises. The protesting parents and guardians have threatened to continue their agitation till adequate teachers are not recruited.

Speaking on the issue, Surya Narayan Das, headmaster of the school, said, "The school has been shut since August 10 by members of the School Management Committee. I have informed the Block Education Officer regarding the issue. Due to the closure of the school, we couldn't even celebrate Independence Day at the school."