Bhubaneswar, Nov 22: The issue of the closure of Upper Primary schools was agitated in the state Assembly today. While the opposition members demanded withdrawal of the decision stating that it would be a suicidal step, the ruling BJD members pointed out that it is the part of national education policy and recommended by the NITI Ayog.
The issue was agitated in the house today after opposition uproar yesterday forcing several adjustments. Finally the all party meeting convened by the Speaker to resolve the deadlock decided that the issue would be discussed today in form of an official motion.
Moving the motion government Chief Whief Pramila Mallick said that the schools having very less students are being merged with neighbouring schools and not being closed totally. If at the time of admission, there are adequate number of students then those schools will continue.
On the other hand, Deputy Leader of Opposition, Bishnu Charan Sethi described the government decision as undemocratic and anti education.
If the schools will be closed, then it will be a death blow to the primary education sector,said Sethi.