Telangana stir: Parents want schools reopened

Anxious and furious parents today requested Andhra Pradesh CM N Kiran Kumar Reddy to ensure that their wards` academic year was not spoiled by getting schools and colleges re-opened immediately.

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2011, 15:52 PM IST

Hyderabad: Anxious and furious parents today
requested Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy to
ensure that their wards` academic year was not spoiled by
getting schools and colleges in the city and other parts of
Telangana re-opened immediately.

A committee of parents` associations met Reddy in his
camp office this morning and complained about the prolonged
closure of schools even after the Dusshera vacation, which
ended on October 9.

"All educational institutions should be kept out of the
strikes. The students` careers should not be jeopardised," the
worried parents told the Chief Minister.

Reddy asked them not to worry saying that the government
was taking steps to get the educational institutions opened.

Later, talking to newsmen, the committee members asked
the Telangana Joint Action Committee not to play with the
lives of students.

"When bars, shopping malls, cinema halls and other
establishments are doing their business without any hindrance,
why are the educational institutions being forced to shut
down," the angry parents questioned.

"We will wait till October 15 when the TJAC will meet to
decide on the course of the ongoing general strike. If they
don`t let educational institutions function, we will sit and
chalk out our course of action," the parents said.

Meanwhile, despite assurance by police that adequate
security would be provided at schools and colleges, a majority
of the institutions continued to extend their holidays.

SMSes are being sent to parents every night informing
parents that the schools\colleges would "remain closed
tomorrow".

Threats from the Telangana-Joint Action Committee (TJAC)
notwithstanding, some schools, however, have been functioning
for the past two days.

Reacting to the threat issued to certain educational
institutions by TJAC leader M Kodandaram, who himself is a
professor, Additional Director General of Police (Law and
Order) Syed Anwarul Huda said, "If the managements approach us
with complaints about such threatening calls, we will take
action against the guilty as well as provide adequate security
to the institutions."

PTI