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Cuttack DAV schools to reopen today

- Move after legal action promise

Cuttack / Bhubaneswar, Jan. 29: The DAV schools of Cuttack, which had been closed for a week in the wake of the alleged assault by parents on the DAV-CDA principal, will reopen tomorrow.

DAV authorities took the decision following an assurance from the Cuttack district administration that legal action would be initiated against those involved in the attack on principal Ipsita Das.

Teachers of the eight DAV schools in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar had boycotted classes last week in the wake of the alleged assault on January 22.

The DAVs in Bhubaneswar reopened today following an assurance by governor M.C. Bhandare that appropriate steps would be taken for initiating legal action against the attackers and safety on schools campuses.

Earlier, Cuttack collector Girish S.N. had appealed to both teachers and parents to ensure that the education of students did not suffer because of their differences.

Before the decision was made official, DAV Cuttack Parents’ Association secretary Aptakam Mishra said they had received a verbal communication from the district administration that the schools would reopen tomorrow.

“Though the DAV school management is yet to inform us in this regard, we have decided to send our children to school tomorrow,” he had said.

Earlier in the day, hundreds of guardians protested against the DAV school management for keeping the schools closed.

Over 300 students sat on a dharna in front of the CDA sector-6 DAV school today as the authorities did not open the gates.

Minister of school and mass education Rabi Narayan Nanda said on Tuesday he was examining the parents’ proposal of a separate legislation for private English medium schools in the state.

“I have sought advice of the law department. We will neither favour nor oppose anybody and do what would be best for the students,” he said.

“Nobody has the right to play with the future of students and we will take necessary steps to end their suffering,” the minister added.