School in Jiribam to resume classes today; bandh on NH-37 still on

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JIRIBAM, July 9: Four students organisations – AMSU District Committee, Jiribam, Manipur Students Front, Special Branch, DESAM Local Council and KSA Jiribam Unit – which asked all the Government offices and both Private and Government Schools to remain closed and imposed an indefinite bandh along National Highway number 37 from July 5 have agreed to allow the schools to resume classes.

They relented after the Government gave an assurance to fulfil their demands and after civil societies and guardians urged them to allow the schools to resume classes. They have been demanding the Government to recruit more teachers to fill the vacant posts from the lower primary level to the higher secondary level in various schools at Jiribam sub-division. The four student organisations informed the people about the decision through loud hailers in Jiribam today.

The leader of the four students’ organisation stated: “Our demand is in the interest of the students community of the future. We didn’t start the agitation by thinking about the gains to be made by undergoing hardships for a few moments. But we can’t allow a situation to persist in which students are encouraged to go to schools without teachers: in some cases without any schools at all.”

He urged people to cooperate as they know better the ground realities.

All the schools which remained closed will resume classes from tomorrow. But, the ban on Government offices and the indefinite bandh along the NH 37 will continue until the Government delivers on its promise, he said.

 

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