SunstarTV Bureau: The Keonjhar district education officer had withheld the salaries of the headmaster and all the teaching and non-teaching staff of five schools for the month of January on charges of violation of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for Covid-19 issued by the State School and Mass Education department, on Friday.
The schools those found to have violated the guidelines are SMR High School from Jharbelda, Khireitangiri Government High School, Bishoipat Government High School fromJamunaposi, PMB High School from Bolaniposi and Jhalamani School from Denuan.
The district education officer found violations of the SOP while he was on a visit to different schools following their reopening on Friday.
He also found that there was no strict enforcement of the rules to check compliance of the norms.
According to reports, there were violations of the Covid-19 protocols in the schools. Apart from improper cleaning of the campus, proper plans were not prepared for the commencement of classes and the number of students allowed to sit in a classroom exceeded the permissible limit. Teachers were also seen taking classes with masks pulled down below the chin.