Union Schooling Min Dharmendra Pradhan slammed Odisha for banning journalists’ entry in colleges (Consultant Picture) | FP PHOTO
The Odisha authorities has banned the entry of journalists to colleges in some areas after information channels confirmed how college students had been poor in arithmetic, triggering a political row.
Hitting out on the state authorities over its resolution, Union Schooling Minister Dharmendra Pradhan stated the press, which is the fourth pillar of democracy, can’t be stopped from coming into a public establishment.
The Dhenkanal District Schooling Officer (DEO) on Saturday directed Block Schooling Officers and college headmasters to not enable unauthorised entry of journalists into colleges and school rooms, and to report such issues to the police.
An analogous directive was additionally issued within the Kendrapara district.
The federal government’s transfer got here after some information channels confirmed how college students had been in arithmetic — with class 5 pupils unable to remember easy tables, official sources stated.
“It’s inappropriate to impose restrictions on media’s entry into college campuses. In a democratic setup, a college is a public establishment. Media shouldn’t create disturbance within the technique of studying, however the fourth pillar of democracy can’t be denied entry into campuses for the aim of gathering information,” Pradhan stated.
BJP MP Aparajta Sarangi, who’s well-known for her work because the state’s college and mass training secretary, stated she was stunned with the directive.
“It’s unlucky and the order ought to be withdrawn instantly,” she stated.
Senior Congress MLA Suresh Routray stated it was not the primary time that such restrictions had been imposed on journalists.
“They’re but to get entry into the meeting within the identify of COVID-19. Journalists have been denied entry to the state secretariat for 2 years and likewise the SCB Medical School and Hospital in Cuttack,” he stated.
Defending the federal government, College and Mass Schooling Minister SR Sprint stated the press has the proper to focus on wrongs, however reporters of some net portals had been coming into campuses with out permission and disturbing the ambiance of the colleges.
Completely different journalist associations within the state additionally opposed the transfer, demanding its roll again.
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