Children learn Telugu language as Odia medium schools closed in Kotia villages

Koraput: With Odia medium schools temporarily closed due to the prevalent heat wave in the State, a few other schools which are being run by neighbouring Andhra Pradesh in the villages coming under Kotia panchayat of Koraput district have been imparting education in the Telugu language to local children.

AP government has shown its highhandedness at different times in the past days and also intervened in the day-to-day administration by wooing Kotia residents through the distribution of Aadhaar Cards and ration materials, conducting health checkup camps and even carrying out illegal constructions.

The AP government has opened a school in a rented house in the Fatusineri locality and another one in Dhulipadar village. In its unabated and intrusive activities, AP has been hatching another conspiracy to weaken the Odia language in Kotia panchayat by aggressively promoting Telugu, a source said.

“Although a number of local children have been admitted to Odia medium schools, they are now attending classes in Andhra-run schools in Koraput. The AP schools here are remaining open from 7 am up to 12 noon. However, the children go to Odia medium schools in Kotia only to have their mid-day meals (MDMs),” some locals stated.

Notably, the AP government-run Dhulipadar primary school has more than 40 Odia students from Class-I to Class-5. The school was established in 2019 and provides education free of charge.

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