Parents decry schools' shutdown

Parents decry schools' shutdown

Giving yet another rude shock to the JAC, the employees belonging to the National Mazdoor Union of the State Transport Corporation(APSRTC) announced postponement of their strike.

Trouble erupted at the NRI academy in the predominantly Seemandhra residential area of Kukatpally when parents of Intermediate students accompanying their wards tried to run the classes. They staged protests outside the college, demanding the management to run classes. They voiced concern over the future of their children, who have already lost classes for a month.

The protesters belonging to TRS had a heated argument with the parents and pelted stones on the college building. Police used canes to disperse protesters. ‘I am for Telangana, but  I can not remain blind and silent when my daughters’ educational prospects are spoiled in the face of competition from Seemandhra students,’ said Nirmala Goud, a house maker said.

The 1.3 lakh government schools and colleges in the Telagnana region, including Hyderabad, however, continued to remain shut as teachers and other staff joined the T agitation.

The schools have already lost 45 out of 221 working days due to the ongoing agitation. If the schools do not reopen on Monday and suspend classes for another week, they will not be able to make up for the lost working days, officials said. Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy addressing a press conference in Secretariat here on Monday voiced the parents’ anguish.

He said the government would act tough on those impeding the functioning of educational institutions. “Fifty percent of student population in Telangana attends private school and colleges,” he said.

Meanwhile, TJAC convener Prof Kodandaram urged parents in Telangana to wait for a few more days as there would  be a review of the decision to shut down educational institutions.

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