According to official sources, the state government has taken this step after some news channels aired reports of poor maths among school children in these districts. The news showed that the fifth graders were not even able to tell the ordinary tables. The president said it was unfair to ban the media from entering the school premises. Schools are a public institution in a democratic establishment. The media should not interfere in the teaching process. But the fourth pillar of democracy cannot be prevented from entering the campus to gather news.
The BJP said the decision was unfortunate
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Aparajita Sarangi said she was surprised by the guidelines. Sarangi is known for her work as the Secretary of Schools and Mass Education in Odisha. He said it was unfortunate and the decision should be reversed immediately. Congress MLA Suresh Kumar Rautre said this was not the first time such restrictions had been imposed on journalists.
He said that journalists were still not being given entry in the state assembly in the name of Kovid-19. Journalists have also been barred from entering the state secretariat for the last two years. The situation is similar at SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack. Meanwhile, Orissa’s School and Mass Education Minister SR Dash defended the state government’s decision, saying the press had the right to expose wrongdoings, but some web portal journalists were entering the school without permission. Were and were spoiling the atmosphere there. On the other hand, various journalists’ associations in the state have also opposed the government’s decision to ban school admissions. He also demanded immediate withdrawal of the order.