Most schools and colleges in the City remained shut today following the State-wide bandh call given by the ABVP and AISF. The bandh is to protest against the non availability of text books, delay in the implementation of 25 per cent reservation under right to education, hike in tuition fees by private schools and college and the Vande Mataram page being deleted from the class III, VI and VII text books.
Rama Krishna, national executive member ABVP told Postnoon, “Private schools and colleges have hiked the tuition fees and we are against it. They are charging enormous amounts of money and that needs to be curbed. All schools and colleges should have a common fee slab. Also, the new academic year began a week back, but the text books have not been distributed yet. Another important reason for the protest is the deletion of Vande Mataram from textbooks.”
Most schools and colleges in the City sent a text message to parents informing them about today’s bandh. A few schools however, continued to function as usual.
“It’s been a week and we are teaching students without text books. Five students are sharing one textbook. Also deleting Vande Mataram is very unethical. This is the age when we nurture students with values. As much as we support the cause of the bandh, we cannot shut down the schools,” said Sowmya, principal, Daffodil Public School.
Over 3 lakh students are appearing for their SSC supplementary examination today, which started as per schedule. However, it may get disrupted later in the day. “We have sent out men and will forcefully shut down all the institutions that are functioning. Also we will protest outside each district education office and a dharna will be staged outside the school education department,” Rama Krishna.
Parents are worried the bandhs will affect their child’s education. “Looks like it’s a challenge to get our children educated in Andhra Pradesh. Last year T agitation and this year something else. It’s barely been a week and the bandhs have stared,” fumes K Shailaja ,
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